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Syrian air defense intercepts missile attack – state media

Feb 14, 2020 - 7:46 AM

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights blames the attack on Israel, which has not claimed responsibility

CONFLICT. This image grab taken from a video released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on February 6, 2020, shows an explosion following an Israeli air strike on an undisclosed location in Syria. Photo by SANA/AFP

Israel PM inaugurates Golan settlement honoring Trump

Jun 17, 2019 - 2:21 PM

Netanyahu unveils a 'Trump Heights' sign, featuring an Israeli and a US flag, to mark the site of the new settlement

TRUMP HEIGHTS. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (2nd-R) and US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman (L) applaud after unveiling the place-name sign for the new settlement of 'Ramat Trump' or 'Trump Heights' in English. Photo by Jalaa Marey/AFP

Israel to name Golan settlement after Trump

Apr 24, 2019 - 12:02 PM

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to name a new settlement in the occupied Golan after US President Donald Trump in appreciation of his recognition of Israel's claim of sovereignty there

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) holds a proclamation signed by US President Donald Trump recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights, during a weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on April 14, 2019.  RONEN ZVULUN / POOL / AFP

U.N. Security Council to meet on Golan at Syria's request

Mar 27, 2019 - 10:24 PM

Syria has requested the meeting in a March 26 letter sent to France, which holds the council presidency for the month of March, calling President Donald Trump's decision a 'flagrant violation' of UN resolutions

UN COUNCIL. In this file photo, the United Nations Security Council meets on January 26, 2019, at the United Nations in New York. File photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

Rallies sweep Syria to condemn U.S. Golan move

Mar 26, 2019 - 11:24 PM

Demonstrators take to the streets across the war-torn country to protest Washington's decision

GOLAN HEIGHTS. Syrian national flags are flown in the Syrian town Ain al-Tineh across from Majdal Shams in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights on March 26, 2019. Photo by Louai Beshara/AFP

Trump proclaims Golan Heights belongs to Israel

Mar 26, 2019 - 12:39 AM

(UPDATED) US recognition for Israeli control over the territory breaks with decades of international consensus

HANDSHAKE. US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, March 25, 2019. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Netanyahu at side, Trump to recognize Israeli sovereignty on Golan

Mar 25, 2019 - 1:25 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Vice President Mike Pence confirms that the US president will on Monday, March 25, formally recognize Israeli sovereignty on the Golan Heights

NETANYAHU AND TRUMP. In this file photo taken on May 22, 2017, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) and US President Donald Trump speak upon the latter's arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv. File photo by Jack Guez/AFP

Mideast anger over Trump's Golan vow 'breaking international law'

Mar 22, 2019 - 6:10 PM

(UPDATED) In an angry retort, the Syrian government says US President Donald Trump's comments disregarded international law

SYRIA REACTION. A file photo taken on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on August 27, 2018 shows members of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force Zone using a binocular to look towards the Syrian side of the Golan Heights as smoke billows during clashes between forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad and rebels over the control of the Quneitra border crossing. File photo by Jack Guez/AFP

Trump accepts Israeli sovereignty over Golan Heights

Mar 22, 2019 - 1:07 AM

(UPDATED) The Golan recognition is only the latest diplomatic bombshell dropped by Washington, which is Israel's principal backer, in seeking to redraw the fraught Middle East map

GOLAN HEIGHTS. In this file photo taken on June 28, 2017 the Jewish settlement of Qatzrin in the Israeli occupied Golan Heights. US President Donald Trump on March 21, 2019, announces the US should recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. File photo by Jalaa Marey/AFP

Netanyahu welcomes U.S. vote against United Nations Golan resolution

Nov 18, 2018 - 10:47 PM

The United States voted against the United Nations resolution dropping its practise of abstaining

Netanyahu ally seeks Jerusalem mayor seat in Israeli local polls

Oct 30, 2018 - 2:50 PM

One significant new element to the October 30 vote sees minority Druze cast ballots in 4 villages in the Golan Heights for the first time since Israel seized the strategic region from Syria in 1967

LOCAL ELECTIONS. An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man walks in a street littered with election campaign posters for the upcoming Jerusalem municipal elections, in Jerusalem on October 28, 2018. Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

Israel says it shot down a Syrian warplane

Jul 24, 2018 - 11:31 PM

Israel signals the plane's infiltration may have been the result of internal fighting in Syria's civil war, but stresses it will enforce the ceasefire lines between the two countries

MISSILES. In this file photo taken on November 8, 2017, a Patriot missile launcher is pictured during the "Blue Flag" multinational air defence exercise at the Ovda air force base, north of the Israeli city of Eilat. File photo by Jack Guez/AFP

Tens of thousands return home after south Syria ceasefire deal

Jul 09, 2018 - 9:28 AM

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says more than 60,000 people have since taken to the roads from the Jordanian frontier, heading back to their homes in the east or west of the province

REFUGEE. A child is among the displaced Syrians from the province of Daraa in a makeshift camp in the area of the village of Burayqah near the border between the Israeli-occupied Golan heights and Syria. Photo by Ahmad al-Msalam/AFP

Israel hits Iranian posts in Syria: What we know

May 10, 2018 - 10:19 PM

Here's what we know about what was hit, how the world reacted, and what could happen next

ARMOR. An Israeli soldier directs a M113 armored personal vehicle near the Syrian border in the Israel-annexed Golan Heights on May 10, 2018. Photo by Jalaa Marey/AFP

The week in photos: April 7-13, 2018

Apr 14, 2018 - 2:13 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before a joint hearing of the US Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, April 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON

The week in photos: November 4-10, 2017

Nov 11, 2017 - 3:52 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Images are projected onto the Louvre Pyramid in Paris at night on November 8, 2017 to mark the opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum on Saadiyat island in the Emirati capital.More than a decade in the making, the Louvre Abu Dhabi opened its doors on November 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Eric FEFERBERG

Peacekeeping in a volatile environment

Apr 14, 2015 - 10:57 AM

[CIRSS Commentaries] The Philippines in Golan Heights and beyond: Hostile environments make it difficult to guarantee the safety and respect for peacekeepers

PEACEKEEPERS. The UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) mission in Syria. File photo by UN

Hezbollah will pay 'full price' for deadly attack – Israel

Jan 29, 2015 - 2:33 PM

Those behind today s attack will pay the full price Netanyahu s office quoted him as saying at a meeting with Israeli s top security brass Wednesday evening

CAUTION. A Lebanese soldier walks next to UN peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon (UNIFIL) base after a Spanish peacekeeper was killed in fire exchange between Hezbollah and Israel, in the Abbasieh area, near Israeli border, Lebanon, 28 January 2015.  Stringer/EPA

Rockets fired from Syria hit Israeli-held Golan – army

Jan 28, 2015 - 8:45 AM

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu later warnes Israel is ready to respond with force to any attack

ON ALERT. Israeli 155mm artillery on high alert after they responded to several rockets hitting the Mount Hermon Resort in the Golan Heights, northern Israel, 27 January 2105. Atef Safadi/EPA

Iran general killed with Hezbollah fighters in Israel raid

Jan 19, 2015 - 10:41 PM

An analyst close to the Islamic resistance group Hezbollah says he has no doubt the group would retaliate either from Lebanese or Syrian territory

HIGH TENSION. This photo shows Israeli tanks patrolling near Israeli-Syrian border. File photo by Atef Safadi/EPA

After kidnappings, UN to focus on peacekeepers’ safety

Nov 22, 2014 - 7:48 AM

The UN s deputy secretary general tells Rappler the Philippines concern about the safety of peacekeepers will be a priority in the review of peace operations

PH: Kidnapping peacekeepers unacceptable

Nov 01, 2014 - 9:03 PM

The Philippines cites the kidnapping of peacekeepers and health issues like Ebola as top issues that must be reviewed in UN peacekeeping

PH military chief thanks UN commander for 'brave' remark

Oct 13, 2014 - 10:45 AM

All s well that ends well says Armed Forces of the Philippines chief General Gregorio Catapang Jr

'THANK YOU:' Armed Forces of the Philippines chief General Gregorio Catapang Jr welcomes the new statement of a United Nations commander calling Filipino peacekeepers 'brave.' Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Golan chief now calls PH peacekeepers ‘brave’

Oct 10, 2014 - 5:44 AM

India s Lieutenant General Singha says The Filipino and Fijian peacekeepers bravely faced the situation and exhibited raw courage resilience and patience

Aquino forms committee to organize papal visit

Oct 03, 2014 - 11:38 AM

The national committee is tasked with ensuring the smooth visit of Pope Francis in January 2015

EYES ON VISAYAS. Pope Francis waves next to Filipino Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle during a ceremony to bless the new image of St Pedro Calungsod of Philippines at St Peter's Basilica on November 21, 2013 at the Vatican. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

UN to Aquino: We 'improved' troop weapons

Oct 02, 2014 - 2:23 AM

The UN responds to President Aquino s criticism but remains non committal on calls to review the supposed impossible or unclear mandate in the Golan Heights

The Captain in Golan: Nilo Ramones is home

Oct 01, 2014 - 7:15 PM

Captain Nilo Ramones the platoon leader in the UN encampment under siege recalls the tense firefight with the Syrian rebels and their subsequent escape

MAN ON THE GROUND: Captain Nilo Ramones, platoon leader at the besieged Position 68 in the Golan Heights. Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Aquino lauds Filipino peacekeepers, hits 'unclear' mission

Oct 01, 2014 - 1:33 PM

The next mission of the Philippine peacekeepers hailed at home for their bravery at the Golan Heights is to secure Pope Francis when he visits the Philippines in January 2015

HEROES' WELCOME. President Benigno Aquino III hosts a Heroes' Welcome in Malacañang for the Filipino peacekeepers who successfully escaped Syrian rebels. Rappler photo

Cowards? 'PH peacekeepers served with honor'

Sep 30, 2014 - 6:51 AM

In the face of grave danger Filipino peacekeepers have bravely helped to safeguard world peace Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario tells the UN

'BRAVE, PROFESSIONAL.' Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario praises Filipino peacekeepers as he addresses the UN after the controversy involving Filipino blue helmets in the Golan Heights. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Golan peacekeepers to secure Pope in PH visit

Sep 28, 2014 - 3:32 PM

As the papal visit nears the Philippine military dedicates two battalion sized units to secure the Roman Catholic leader

Filipino peacekeepers at Camp Aguinaldo. Image courtesy Armed Forces of the Philippines

Biden to UN: We owe peacekeepers more

Sep 27, 2014 - 8:50 AM

The US Vice President leads a UN summit on strengthening peace operations The Philippines attended the summit after the controversy over the Golan mission

'PLEDGE MORE.' US Vice President Joe Biden leads a High-level Summit on Strengthening International Peace Operations during the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters in New York on September 26, 2014. Photo by Andrew Gombert/AFP/Pool

Israel shoots down Syria warplane on Golan Heights – army

Sep 23, 2014 - 4:50 PM

Army radio said it was apparently a MiG 21 fighter jet which was shot down by a surface to air Patriot missile with the wreckage landing on the Syrian controlled side of the plateau

A Syrian fighter jet is seen in flames after it was hit by the Israeli military over the Golan Heights on September 23, 2014. Jalaa Marey/AFP

With PH peacekeepers gone, UN to ‘configure’ Golan mission

Sep 20, 2014 - 12:11 PM

The UN has yet to plan the replacements of the Filipino peacekeepers who left the Golan Heights as the security situation there deteriorates

ALL SMILES: Philippine military chief General Gregorio Catapang Jr welcomes home Captain Nilo Ramones, platoon leader of the troops in the 7-hour firefight with Syrian rebels last month. Photo from AFP-PAO

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Sep 19, 2014 - 8:44 PM

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UNDOF sends Filipino troops home

Sep 19, 2014 - 12:00 PM

It was deemed practical that the Philippine contingent be repatriated earlier than expected says Philippine military spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Ramon Zagala

Syrian envoy hits UN’s ‘total inaction’ on Golan peacekeepers

Sep 17, 2014 - 10:45 AM

Ambassador Bashar Ja afari says terrorists are able to establish a safe zone in the Syrian side of the Golan reducing the mandate of the peacekeeping mission

'TOTAL INACTION.' Bashar Ja’afari, Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the UN, speaks to journalists following a Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East, 16 September 2014, United Nations. Devra Berkowitz/UN Photo

UN troops withdraw from Syrian Golan

Sep 15, 2014 - 11:30 PM

This comes two weeks after Al Qaeda linked rebels kidnapped 45 Fijian peacekeepers and engaged Filipino peacekeepers in a standoff

Photo courtesy of Elmer Cato

After Golan crisis, AFP chief reminds PMA cadets to follow orders

Sep 14, 2014 - 9:01 AM

AFP chief of staff General Gregorio Catapang Jr delivers a speech during the recognition rites of PMA Class 2018

General Gregorio Catapang Jr

UN chief to hear out PH peacekeeping issues

Sep 13, 2014 - 2:13 PM

Ban Ki Moon s spokesman says the UN chief will discuss the Philippines peacekeeping concerns with Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario next week

REVIEWING MANDATE? UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon will meet with Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario to discuss the Philippines' proposal to review the mandate of the peacekeeping mission in the Golan Heights. File UN Photo/Evan Schneide

45 Fijian peacekeepers released – UN

Sep 11, 2014 - 8:32 PM

The United Nations peacekeepers were kidnapped by Al Qaeda linked Syrian rebels last week All the 45 peacekeepers are in good condition says a UN spokesperson

Filipino commander in Golan is back in Manila

Sep 10, 2014 - 9:28 PM

Colonel Ezra Enriquez who defied a UN commander s order for Filipino troops to surrender their firearms to Syrian rebels requested to be repatriated the military says

DUAL ROLE: Colonel Ezra James Enriquez is UNDOF chief of staff and commander of the Filipino troops in Golan. Photos from Leony Talosig Mercader

Talks to free Fijian peacekeepers 'progressive'

Sep 10, 2014 - 6:53 AM

UPDATED Fiji clarifies statement on peacekeepers status says negotiators actively working for their release

LOOKOUT POST. Members of United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) use binoculars to watch the Syrian side of the Golan Heights at Mount Bental in the Israeli occupied Golan Heights on August 31, 2014. Menahem Kahana/AFP

Beyond Golan: Filipino global soldiers in the eyes of history

Sep 09, 2014 - 2:55 PM

The Philippine flag has been flying for a little over a century not enough time to judge whether the Filipino now the citizen of a sovereign state has on balance fought abroad on the side of right rather than wrong

Senate hails 'exemplary courage' of troops in Golan

Sep 08, 2014 - 5:38 PM

Filipinos are among the bravest peacekeepers in the world says Senator Teofisto Guingona III

'BATTALION OF EXCELLENCE': The troops in Golan Heights are well-trained and well-armed. November 2013 file photo before the group left for Golan

'I never defied orders until the Golan standoff'

Sep 07, 2014 - 12:30 PM

Colonel Ezra Enriquez is not only the commander of the Philippine battalion he is also Number 3 in the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force overall command

Photo courtesy of Leony Talosig Mercader

Palace: Gilas, PH peacekeepers deserve heroes' welcome

Sep 06, 2014 - 4:36 PM

They put up a good fight They showed that Filipinos fight with their hearts whether in sports or in any other field We showed the strength of our hearts Malacañang says

FINALLY. June Mar Fajardo gives Gilas teammate Marc Pingris a piggyback ride after Gilas Pilipinas defeated Senegal. Photo from FIBA.com

PH 'taking steps' to address peacekeeping concerns

Sep 05, 2014 - 6:35 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs also says the Philippines should now focus on supporting efforts to secure the freedom of the Fijian peacekeepers held by Syrian rebels

'BATTALION OF EXCELLENCE': The troops in Golan Heights are well-trained and well-armed. November 2013 file photo before the group left for Golan

PH and Fiji in Golan: One order, different outcomes

Sep 05, 2014 - 1:31 PM

Last week Filipino and Fijian peacekeepers were given the same order to surrender their weapons to Syrian rebels Who made the right choice?

'BATTALION OF EXCELLENCE': The troops in Golan Heights are well-trained and well-armed. November 2013 file photo before the group left for Golan

Rappler Newscast | September 4, 2014

Sep 04, 2014 - 8:11 PM

The UN defends its official accused of putting Filipinos in danger A former Makati employee says fixing bids was common practice The Ebola death toll crosses 1 900

AFP stands by Golan troops, to analyze actions during crisis

Sep 04, 2014 - 5:37 PM

Philippine military chief General Gregorio Catapang says they have submitted to Malacañang a blow by blow account of what happened in the Golan Heights

NEVER SURRENDER: General Gregorio Catapang Jr hands over new M4 rifle to an Army private. Rappler photo