UN forces begin first patrols in Golan Heights DMZ since 2011
UN troops on Friday patrolled the Syrian side of the demilitarized Golan Heights buffer zone with Israel for the first time since the war broke out in 2011, the deputy commander of Russian forces in Syria said.
UN peacekeepers entered the area from Syria on August 3 after government troops drove militants away. The UN had previously to rely on Lebanon for access to this stretch of the border.
“Today’s mission to the Golan Heights was prepared by Russian and UN forces. An earlier mission was carried out with Russian military police, while today’s patrol was conducted by the UN alone,” Lt. Gen. Sergei Kuralenko said.