New York :
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has prolonged the mandate of the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in the Syrian Golan Heights until the end of 2017.
The Council called on all parties involved in the Syrian conflict to abstain from military activities in the UNDOF area. The UN created the ‘safety zone’ to avoid military clashes between Syria and Israel.
Israel invaded the Syrian Golan Heights during the 1967 Middle Eastern War, and annexed the region in 1981. The international community never recognized the confiscation of the Syrian landmass. The result of the annexation was that Israel strategically cut off Syrian civilians from the Jordan River water supply, but also took away the formally shared “Sea of Galilee”.
The UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) is currently leading 16 peacekeeping operations worldwide, with more than 118.000 troops @ their disposal. However the occupied Syrian Golan Heights is getting extreme media exposure nowadays with Israel attacking Syria with hostile airstrikes whenever it pleases.
In Iraq, the Shi’ite movement established the “Harakat Hezbollah al-Abuja” paramilitary group, composed of some 40 militias formed in opposition to ISIS.
After recent victories in Syria, Hezbollah has now established the Golan Liberation Brigade, which are well-trained special forces and highly equipped brigades that on request are ready to move in and retake the Golan Heights, after 36 years of UN/Israeli occupation.
Jerusalem Post / AA Magnum-News 2017.