Is­rael, Syria to re­open Golan cross­ing

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NA­TIONS: Is­rael, Syria and the United Na­tions have agreed to open the Quneitra cross­ing in the Golan Heights on Mon­day, US Am­bas­sador to the United Na­tions Nikki Ha­ley said on Fri­day.

Ha­ley said in a state­ment that the open­ing “will al­low UN peace­keep­ers to step up their ef­forts to pre­vent hos­til­i­ties in the Golan Heights re­gion.”

The United Na­tions Disen­gage­ment Ob­server Force (UNDOF) has been mon­i­tor­ing op­er­a­tions in a de­mil­i­ta­rized zone es­tab­lished in 1974 be­tween the Is­raeli-oc­cu­pied Golan and the Syr­ian sec­tor, but the peace­keep­ing mis­sion was dis­rupted by Syria’s civil war.

Is­rael cap­tured the Golan Heights in the 1967 Mid­dle East war and fought Syria again on the strate­gic plateau in a 1973 con­flict.

“We look to both Is­rael and Syria to pro­vide UN peace­keep­ers the ac­cess they need as well as as­sur­ances of their safety. We also call on Syria to take the nec­es­sary steps so UNDOF can safely and ef­fec­tively de­ploy and pa­trol without in­ter­fer­ence,” Ha­ley said.

Mil­i­tary po­lice from Rus­sia, a ma­jor ally of Syr­ian Pres­i­dent Bashar Al As­sad, have been pa­trolling on the Syr­ian side of Quneitra.

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