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Russia military police deployed in demilitarised zone in Golan Heights

Image of Golan Heights [therussophile/Twitter]
Golan Heights [therussophile/Twitter]

Russian military police have set up their first observation post in Quneitra, along the UN-controlled Israel-occupied Golan demilitarised zone, Russian news agency Interfax reported yesterday.

Colonel Viktor Zaitsev, deputy commander of the Russian group of forces in Syria in charge of the military police, said: “We are now in Al-Wesiyah in Quneitra governorate, where the first stationary observation post of the Russian military police has been deployed.”

He added: “Another seven posts will be set up in the future. All of them will act as a guarantor of security for civilians in Quneitra governorate.”

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For his part, deputy commander of the Russian group of forces in Syria, Lieutenant General Sergei Kuralenko, said that these posts would be placed in front of the demilitarised zone that is controlled by UN forces, Interfax reported.

“I would like to stress that there will be no Russian military police posts within the demilitarised zone itself. These posts will help maintain peace in Syria’s districts, to be more precise in Quneitra governorate,” Kuralenko said.

The Russian flag raised in this territory will act as a guarantee for the local population that “peace has come to this land forever,” he said.

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