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Syria: Forty years on, people displaced from the Golan remain in waiting

The situation of tens of thousands of Syrian Arabs displaced from the Golan Heights forty years ago is still far from resolved. They fled their homes in disputed circumstances during the Six Day War in 1967, when Israel seized the Golan, a strategic strip of land overlooking the Jordan Valley and the Sea of Galilee. Since then, Israel has prevented the displaced from returning to their homes.

31 October 2007 | Country Profile

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Profile in Internal Displacement: Syrian Arab Republic

Little international attention has been paid to the tens of thousands of Syrian Arabs displaced from the Golan Heights more than 38 years ago. They left their homes in disputed circumstances during the Six-Day War in 1967, when Israel seized the Golan Heights, a strategic narrow stretch of land overlooking the Jordan Valley and the Sea of Galilee. The area was formally annexed by Israel in 1981.

14 April 2005 | Country Profile

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Profile in Internal Displacement: Syrian Arab Republic

Despite the international focus on the Middle East, little attention has been given to the tens of thousands of people displaced from the Syrian territory of the Golan Heights 35 years ago. The displacement occurred during the Six Day War in 1967 when Israel seized the Golan Heights, a strategic narrow stretch of land overlooking the Jordan Valley and the Sea of Galilee.

12 June 2002 | Country Profile

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Profile in Internal Displacement: Syrian Arab Republic

It should be noted that according to information available for this profile, people displaced from the Golan did not resettle voluntarily and still wish to go back to their former homes. We therefore consider them as internally displaced persons. Comments and additional information regarding this issue as well as others are welcome and will be included in the updated version of this document.

14 March 2001 | Country Profile

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