Israel Detains Three Syrians in Occupied Golan Heights

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Published Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Syrian Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ministry urged the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to enforce its resolutions concerning Israel’s withdrawal from occupied Golan Heights after the Zionist state detained three Syrians in the past week, state-run news agency SANA reported on Monday.

“In a new proof on Israel’s violations of all international conventions and laws, particularly international human rights law, and in continuation of its aggressive and provocative policies against our citizens in the occupied Syrian Golan, and several days after arresting the Syrian freedom fighter Sidqi al-Makt ... the Israeli occupation’s authorities detained today Sheikh Atef Darwish from Baka’ata and Fidaa Majed al-Shaer from Majdal Shams village, confiscating their personal properties, including mobile phones and PC computers in a new violation of the 4th Geneva convention of 1949,” the ministry said in a letter made public by SANA.

“Syria calls on the UN Secretary General, Security Council and High Commissioner for Human rights to press Israel to immediately and unconditionally release all Syrian detainees in its prisons and detention centers,” it added.

The ministry sent two identical letters to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and the president of the Security Council, which is held by the French delegation for the month of March, urging the international community to implement UNSC resolution 497, which states that Israel’s occupation of Golan is "null and void and without international legal effect" and calls for an end to the occupation.

The Syrian government “calls on Security Council to take the necessary and legal procedures for the Israeli withdrawal from the whole occupied Syrian Golan into the line of June 4, 1967,” the ministry’s letter said.

Israel seized 1,200 square kilometers (460 square miles) of the Golan from Syria in the Six-Day War of 1967 and annexed it in 1981, in a move never recognized by the international community.

Following the Six-Day War, the UN Security Council Resolution 242 was adopted to establish principles for setting Israeli borders and withdrawal from territories conquered in 1967, including the Golan Heights.

Syria and Israel are still officially at war with each other.

(Al-Akhbar)

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