URGENT ¥¥¥ UN halts bid to free peacekeepers for the day

The United Nations called off an effort to secure the release of 21 Filipino peacekeepers held by a Syrian rebel group until Saturday because of darkness in the Golan Heights, a spokeswoman said.

"Arrangements were made with all parties for the release of the 21 peacekeepers," said UN peacekeeping spokeswoman Josephine Guerrero. Vehicles were sent to the village where the 21 are being held "but due to the late hour and the darkness it was considered unsafe to continue the operation. Efforts will continue tomorrow," she added.