UNESCO grants Syrian occupied Golan's students financial donations

22:21, June 29, 2010      

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The UN Education Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) donated on Monday 50,000 U.S. dollars to 51 Syrian students from the Syrian occupied Golan Heights, the Syrian Arab News Agency SANA reported Tuesday.

The Syrian High Education Minister Giath Barakat noted that his ministry is preparing a plan in cooperation with UNESCO to solve the difficulties of the Golan students who wants to receive higher education, SANA said.

UNESCO gives annual financial grants for the Syrian students whose hometown is in the occupied Golan Heights to cover their studying and living fees in Syria.

There are some 250 Golan students in the Syrian universities who suffer complicated financial difficulties as they live under the Israeli control.

Golan Heights is a strategic plateau and mountainous region at the southern end of the Lebanon Mountains. Two-thirds of the area is currently occupied by Israel.

The Golan Heights has been under Israeli control since the Six- Day War in 1967.

There are still 21,000 Syrian residents in the occupied Syrian territory after the Israeli invasion has settled some 20,000 Israelis.

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.

The Israel administration allows the Syrian residents to go to Syria to study only for four years, however, the only way the young students meet with their families in the Golan is to stand across mine fields and shout their messages with loudspeakers.

According to the Syrian Foreign Ministry, the Syrian people in the Golan have suffered from severe psychological, social and financial difficulties due to the occupation, and that Israel severed all forms of communication and visits between Syrian families torn apart by the Israeli occupation.



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