Golan Heights

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Golan Heights

هضبة الجولان
רמת הגולן
Lake Ram near Mount Hermon (background), in the northeastern Golan Heights
Lake Ram near Mount Hermon (background), in the northeastern Golan Heights
Location of Golan Heights
 • Total1,800 km2 (700 sq mi)
 • Occupied by Israel1,200 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 northeastern Israel that was captured by Israel in the Six Day War of 1967.[1] The United Nations has voted to ask Israel to pull its troops out of the Golan Heights.[2] 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.[3] 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 its border with Syria.[4]

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References[edit | change source]

  1. "Golan Heights". Encyclopaedia Britannica. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Profile: Golan Heights". BBC News. British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
  3. "The Syrian Golan". Permanent Mission of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
  4. Israel becomes a fortress nation as it walls itself off from the Arab Spring, NBC News, March 20, 2013.

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