Golan Heights

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Golan Heights
هضبة الجولان
רמת הגולן
Lake Ram near Mount Hermon (background), in the northeastern Golan Heights
Coordinates: 32°58′54″N 35°44′58″E / 32.98167°N 35.74944°E / 32.98167; 35.74944Coordinates: 32°58′54″N 35°44′58″E / 32.98167°N 35.74944°E / 32.98167; 35.74944
Country Syrian territory occupied by Israel.[1][2]
 • Total 1,800 km2 (700 sq mi)
 • Occupied by Israel 1,200 km2 (500 sq mi)
Highest elevation 2,814 m (9,232 ft)
Lowest elevation 0 m (0 ft)

The Golan Heights is a strip of land in southwestern Syria that was occupied by Israel in the Six Day War of 1967.[3] The United Nations has voted to ask Israel to pull its troops out of the Golan Heights.[4] Syria and Israel still have not signed a peace treaty from that war, mostly because of the issue of the Golan. They almost reached a peace deal but they could not agree on where to draw the line, and what Syria would have to do in return.[5] On the western edge of the Golan Heights is a range of extinct volcanos.

In January 2013, the Israeli government said it planned to build a wall along the eastern edges of the Golan Heights, on what it claims is its border with Syria.[6]

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  1. See the following:
  2. "Golan Heights profile". BBC. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-14724842. Retrieved 30 November 2011.
  3. "Golan Heights". Encyclopaedia Britannica. http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/237237/Golan-Heights. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Profile: Golan Heights". BBC News. British Broadcasting Corporation. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-14724842. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
  5. "The Syrian Golan". Permanent Mission of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations. http://www.un.int/syria/golan.htm. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
  6. Israel becomes a fortress nation as it walls itself off from the Arab Spring, NBC News, March 20, 2013.

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