On Sunday, Israeli troops once again fired a shot in the direction of Syrian forces carrying out “protective works” in the demilitarized zone on the Israeli-Syrian border, Israel Defense Forces press service said.

The Israeli Military Forces (IDF) violated the 1974 ceasefire by strengthening military posts in the demilitarized zone between Syria & Israel. The Israeli-Syrian relations have been strained, particularly over the disputed region of Golan Heights, which serve as a center of conflict between the two Middle Eastern states.

During the 1967 Six-Day War with Syria Israel occupied the Golan Heights and annexed the territory in 1981. However, this act has stipulated severe criticism from the international community and it has not recognized the Israeli annexation.

In 2008, even the UN has called Tel Aviv to return the ‘annexed territory’. The Golan Heights buffer zone was created according to the ceasefire agreement in 1974 following the 1973 Yom Kippur war between Israel on the one side and a coalition of Arab states led by Egypt and Syria on the other side.

Sputnik / AA Magnum Analyst News 2017.

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