22 June 2019 - 22:49
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Israel has started building settlements in the buffer zone in the occupied Golan Heights with the help of terrorist groups.

RNA - A Syrian security source in Quneitra province revealed on Saturday that the occupier Israeli forces have started construction of settlements in the buffer zone of occupied Golan and in areas bordering with the region in collaboration with the mercenaries who have extensive relations with Tel Aviv.

He added that the terrorist mercenaries are stationed in al-Shahar camp which Israel had built it as a cover for the terrorists in the Western parts of Alpha line which separates regions controlled by the Syrian and Israeli armies.

The source referred to the continued aggression by Israel in Golan, and said the latest crimes by the occupier forces in Quneitra is digging a ditch equipped with barbed wire in the buffer zone and permission to its mercenaries to build settlements in al-Shahar camp near the Alpha line as a cement separation wall between the two regions in Golan which are controlled by the Syrian army and occupied by Israel or used as a watchtower by the Israelis.

Meantime, Dr. Khalid Abazah, the secretary-general of the Baath party in Quneitra, referred to the continued pressures by Israel on residents of Golan Heights to confiscate their properties, and said Israel has threatened the residents of Golan, specially those living in Ain Daqneh, Masa'adeh, Majdal al-Shams and Boqa'atha to register their properties in the so-called Israeli properties department or face confiscation of their lands.

In a relevant development on Thursday, the residents of the Golan Heights held massive protest rallies against Israel's provocative move to name a town in the region after US President Donald Trump.

The rallies were held along with the general strike in the region to protest at accelerated construction of settlements in occupied regions by Israel and installation of air turbines which has troubled farming in the region.

Tens of residents of occupied Golan in the Eastern parts of the town of Majdal al-Shams held protest rallies, stressing their Arab-Syrian identity and rejecting any Israeli plans in occupied areas, including installation of air turbines.

The protestors hoisted the Syrian government flags, voicing support for the Syrian army's measures to foil  internal and foreign plots.

Meantime, the local people in Quneitra province gathered in Ain al-Daqneh region to voice solidarity with the residents of the Golan Heights and protest at Israeli plots.

Israel plans to take control over 6,000 hectares of lands belonging to the residents of the region in the villages of Majdal al-Shams, Baqa'ata, Masa'adah and Ain al-Daqneh under the pretext of installation of air turbines in the farms of occupied Golan.

Israel occupied the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Mideast war and annexed it in 1981. Most of the international community considers the move illegal under international law.

But during a visit to Washington by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in March, just weeks before Israeli elections, Trump signed an executive order recognizing the strategic mountainous plateau as Israeli territory. The decision, the latest in a series of diplomatic moves benefiting Israel, was widely condemned internationally.

After a cabinet decision, Netanyahu unveiled a sign trimmed in gold with the name 'Trump Heights' and adorned with US and Israeli flags.

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