Austria to Pull UN Peacekeepers From Golan Heights After Attack

Austria is pulling its United Nations peacekeeping troops from the Golan Heights after an attack showed the risk to its soldiers had become “unacceptable,” the government said in a statement today.

Austria, the biggest provider of troops to the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force since 1974, told UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon about its decision, Chancellor Werner Faymann and Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger said in the joint statement.

“An uncontrollable and immediate risk for the Austrian soldiers has grown to an unacceptable level,” the officials said in the statement.

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