ACTNews, GOLAN – Syria says Israel’s plans to double the number of settlers living in Israeli-annexed Golan Heights are “dangerous and unprecedented” and only perpetuate its occupation of the territory.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett announced on Sunday a multimillion-dollar plan meant to double the number of settlers living in the region that Israel captured from Syria more than five decades ago.
Syria condemned in the strongest terms statements by the Prime Minister of the Israel occupation entity about the increasing number of Zionist settlers in the occupied Syrian Golan.
An official source at the Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said in a statement on Monday (12/27/2021) that those statements stress the hostile expansionist nature of the usurping Zionist entity and its flagrant violation of international resolutions regarding the legal status of Syrian Golan as an occupied territory.
About 25,000 Israeli settlers live in the Golan Heights, along with some 23,000 Druze, who remained on the land after it was seized by Israel.
Syrian citizens in the occupied Syrian Golan also rejected setting up any settlement project on their lands, reaffirming their commitment to the Syrian identity.
The Syrian citizens said in a rally in protest against Israeli measures on Monday at Masa’ada village “We declare, in the name of citizens of occupied Syrian Golan, our rejection of setting up any occupation project on our lands.”
Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed it in 1981. A vast majority of the international community considers the move illegal under international law.
The protestors also expressed rejection of the occupation’s schemes to build 46 turbines on an area of approximately 6,000 dunums from the lands of the villages of Majdal Shams, Ein Qiniyye, Buq’ata, and Masa’ada in flagrant violation of the International legitimacy resolutions and the UN Charter.