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Friday, August 10, 2018
Russian military police to create eight outposts near Syrian-Israeli border

Russian military police to create eight outposts near Syrian-Israeli border
According to the official, the first permanent observation post of the
Russian military police has already been set up
August 10, 2018 7:56 UTC+3
http://tass.com/world/1016726

AL-WASIT /Syria/, August 10. /TASS/. The Russian military police will create
eight outposts near the demilitarized zone at the Golan Heights on the
Syrian-Israeli border, a deputy commander of the Russian forces in Syria in
charge of of military police, Viktor Zaytsev, said.

According to the official, the first permanent observation post of the
Russian military police has already been set up.

"Seven more will be created in the future. They will serve as a security
guarantee for civilians of the Quneitra governorate," he said.

Another deputy commander of the Russian forces in Syria, Sergei Kuralenko,
said the outposts will be created near the demilitarized zone, controlled by
UN forces.

"I would like to stress that there will be no Russian military police posts
in the demilitarized zone," he said.

Golan Heights issue

The Golan Heights had been part of Syria since 1944, but the territory was
seized by Israel during the 1967 Six-Day War. In 1981, the Israeli
parliament, the Knesset, passed a law on the Golan Heights, which
unilaterally proclaimed Israelís sovereignty over that territory. The
annexation was deemed illegal under UN Security Council Resolution 497 of
December 17, 1981.

Later, a part of the territory and the town of Quneitra were returned to
Syria on the condition that the territory will be demilitarized and a UN
mission will be deployed there.

According to earlier reports, a UN mission, accompanied by the Russian
military police, has for the first time ever entered the region from the
territory of Syria since the start of the Syrian conflict. Prior to that, UN
forces headquartered in the capital Damascus, had to enter the area via the
Lebanese border, because the Syrian part of the demilitarized zone was held
by militants.

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