Syrians in Golan detain 3 Israeli soldiers: TV

09:07, July 11, 2010      

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Syrian citizens in the Israeli- occupied Golan Heights captured three Israeli soldiers during a security mission by an Israeli force in the territory, Al Jazeera news channel reported.

The Syrian TV confirmed the report, saying the Israeli soldiers were in a mission to storm houses of two Syrian families in Majdal Shams village when the local citizens seized them inside one of the two houses.

Golan Heights is a strategic plateau and mountainous region at the southern end of the Lebanon Mountains. Two thirds of the area has been under Israeli control since the Six Day War in 1967.

In 1982, the Israeli government made a decision to force the Syrian inhabitants of the Golan Heights to become citizens of Israel. Golan people responded by staging a general strike, burning identity cards and boycotting Israeli goods. After six months, Israel was forced to retract its decision and left with their Syrian citizenship.

Source: Xinhua


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