Syria Angry with Israel More Settlements in Golan Heights

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DAMASCUSSyria condemned Israel’s decision to increase the number of Israeli settlers in parts of the Golan Heights. The Syrian state-run Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported on Monday (10/11/2021), citing an official source at the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates.

According to SANA, a source at the Syrian Foreign Ministry called the statement aggressive and emphasized Israel’s “hostile expansionist nature”.

Moreover, the source added that Israel cannot change the legal status of the Syrian Golan as Israeli occupied territory.

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Earlier on Monday, Israeli Prime Minister (PM) Naftali Bennett, speaking to the Makor Rishon newspaper in the Golan Heights, that Israel intends to double its population and build two new settlements in the Golan Heights.

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Israel initially captured the area in the 1967 war and annexed it in 1981. However, the UN Security Council considers the Golan Heights part of Syria.

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The US administration under Donald Trump issued a presidential directive recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the territory in 2019, but the move was criticized by the European Union, Russia and many other countries.

This area includes the western two-thirds of the Golan Heights and the Israeli-occupied part of Mount Hermon.

(sya)

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