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Fijian U.N. peacekeepers released by al-Qaeda-linked group Nusra Front in Syria on Thursday, gesture from inside a vehicle as they arrive in Israeli-held territory on the Golan heights...Fijian U.N. peacekeepers released by al-Qaeda-linked group Nusra Front in Syria on Thursday, gesture from inside a vehicle as they arrive in Israeli-held territory on the Golan heights September 11, 2014. The peacekeepers were taken hostage two weeks ago when several Islamist militant groups including Nusra attacked in the volatile frontier between Syria and Israel. REUTERS/Baz Ratner (POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT)

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Fijian U.N. peacekeepers released by al-Qaeda-linked group Nusra Front in Syria on Thursday, gesture from inside a vehicle as they arrive in Israeli-held territory on the Golan heights. The peacekeepers were taken hostage two weeks ago when several Islamist militant groups including Nusra attacked in the volatile frontier between Syria and Israel. 

European members of United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) uses binoculars to watch the Syrian side of the Golan Heights as they stand in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on September 5, 2014. Israel is closely monitoring the fighting between Syrian troops and Islamist rebels close to the armistice line on the Golan out of fear of a spillover of the internal conflict.

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European members of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) watch through binoculars the Syrian side of the Golan Heights from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Friday

Israeli soldiers block a main road near the Quneitra border crossing in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on September 1, 2014 , following heavy fighting between Syrian government troops and opposition forces in Syrian territory, near the Quneitra crossing. Israel downed a drone over the occupied Golan Heights yesterday, the army said, amid mounting tension on the UN-patrolled armistice line with Syria on the strategic plateau.

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Israeli soldiers block a main road near the Quneitra border crossing in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Monday, following heavy fighting between Syrian government troops and opposition forces in Syrian territory, near the Quneitra crossing

Some of 130 soldiers from the 46th Infantry Group go through final preparations at the Glen of Imaal ahead of deployment to the United Nations Disengagement Observation Force in the Golan Heights region of Syria. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 27, 2014. The UNDOF mission was established to supervise the implementation of an Area of Separation and two equal zones of limited forces and armaments in the Golan Heights region. The Irish contingent will constitute the Force Reserve Company. Its tasks will be to provide Armoured Force Protection for UNDOF Personnel.

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Some of 130 soldiers from the 46th Infantry Group go through final preparations at the Glen of Imaal ahead of deployment to the United Nations Disengagement Observation Force in the Golan Heights region of Syria. The UNDOF mission was established to supervise the implementation of an Area of Separation and two equal zones of limited forces and armaments in the Golan Heights region

Israeli soldiers deployed on the border with Syria observe Syrian territory from Israeli side of the border near the Druze village of Majdal Shams on Wednesday in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights. Israel launched air raids against Syrian army positions and issued a stark warning to Damascus just hours after a bomb on the occupied Golan Heights wounded four of its soldiers.

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Israeli soldiers deployed on the border with Syria keep watch from the Israeli side of the border near the Druze village of Majdal Shams on Wednesday in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights. Israel launched air raids against Syrian army positions and issued a stark warning to Damascus just hours after a bomb on the occupied Golan Heights wounded four of its soldiers.

Israeli soldiers of the Golani brigade with prayer shawls after night training near the border with Syria in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. Hezbollah says Israel carried out an airstrike targeting its positions in Lebanon near the border with Syria earlier this week, claiming it caused damage but no casualties. The Wednesday statement was the group's first acknowledgement of the reported Monday night airstrikes.

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Israeli soldiers of the Golani brigade with prayer shawls after night training near the border with Syria in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights. Hezbollah says Israel conducted an airstrike targeting its positions in Lebanon near the border with Syria this week, claiming it caused damage but no casualties.

An Israeli soldier sleeps in a bunker in a training area in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights during a brigade Armoured Corps Exercise on October 16, 2013. The Golan, seized by Israel from its Arab neighbour in the 1967 Six-Day War, has been mostly quiet since the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Tension, however, has risen since the 2011 start of the conflict in Syria between rebels and regime forces.

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An Israeli soldier sleeps in a bunker in a training area in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights during a brigade armoured corps exercise on Wednesday. The Golan, seized by Israel from its Arab neighbour in the 1967 Six-Day War, has been mostly quiet since the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Tension, however, has risen since the 2011 start of the conflict in Syria between rebels and regime forces.

 Israeli soldiers during a military exercise on August 29, 2013 near the border with Syria, in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights. Tension's are rising in Israel amid international talks of a military intervention In Syria.

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Israeli soldiers during a military exercise on Thursday near the border with Syria, in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights. Tensions are rising in Israel amid international talks of a military intervention in Syria

Israeli soldiers inspect the machine gun...Israeli soldiers inspect the machine gun of a Merkava tank stationed in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights along the border with Syria on July 17, 2013. Gunmen from Syria infiltrated a disused army outpost in the Israeli-occupied area of the Golan Heights just beyond the ceasefire line, a military spokeswoman said. The incident came a day after several mortar rounds hit the Israeli side of the Golan, causing several fires to break out along the ceasefire line as Syrian rebels battled regime forces near the Quneitra crossing.  AFP PHOTO/JACK GUEZJACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images

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Israeli soldiers inspect the machine gun of a Merkava tank stationed in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights along the border with Syria, on Wednesday. Gunmen from Syria infiltrated a disused army outpost in the area just beyond the ceasefire line, an Israeli military spokeswoman said. The incident came a day after several mortar rounds hit the Israeli side of the Golan, causing fires to break out as Syrian rebels battled regime forces near the Quneitra crossing. 

Israeli soldiers of the Golani brigade gather during training in  the Israeli controlled Golan Heights

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Israeli soldiers of the Golani Brigade on Wednesday gather during training in the Israeli controlled Golan Heights near the border with Syria.