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UN Checks on Peacekeeper Equipment Looted by Syria Rebels, Video Shows Philippines

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, September 23 -- Eleven days after a video went on YouTube of an injured Syrian rebel writhing in a blue UN flak jacket, UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky said of UN blue helmets being looted, "We are aware of those reports and that seems to be the case."

  Afterward, the UN said the UNDOF mission is checking, but it takes time because some Troop Contributing Countries have left and have to be asked if all their equipment went with them.

  It's true that troops from Austria and Croatia have left -- but in the YouTube video, here, the flak jacket is marked not only UN but also "Philippines." Despite kidnappings by the Yarmouk Martyrs' Brigade, Philippines troops are still in UNDOF.

  So whose flak jacket is that? Watch this site.

Update: Inner City Press is informed by a senior UN official that UNDOF is checking on equipment left behind when the peacekeepers abandoned posts in the UNDOF Area.


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