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Syria protests at UN over Israel elections in occupied Golan Heights

Image of Israeli and UN forces at the Golan Heights border [Escla/Wikipedia]
Israeli and UN forces at the Golan Heights, 31 March 2017 [Escla/Wikipedia]

Syria's foreign ministry has sent two letters to the UN chief and UN Security Council president protesting against Israel's holding municipal elections in the occupied Golan Heights, Sputnik reported today.

The Syrian news agency SANA said that the Syrian ministry urged the international bodies to take measures against the "judaisation" of the occupied Syrian territory.

In the two letters, the Syrian government said that the Israeli occupation is determined to hold elections of the so-called "local councils" in the villages of Majdal Shams, Bukata, Mas'ada and Ein Qinya in the occupied Syria Golan Heights.

The government stressed that this contradicts UN resolutions and the Geneva agreements on territories under occupation.

Israel: Voting opens in municipal elections amid protests in occupied Golan Heights 

Elections took place yesterday with Druze in the Golan Heights tried to block polling station in Majdal Shams.

Israeli police used tear gas to disperse the crowd in order the clear a path for voters. Police later confirmed that they used "special means" to disperse hundreds of protesters.

"Throughout the past few weeks, the Syrian citizens have organised protests in rejection of these elections … They burned their polling cards and condemned attempts by the Israeli occupation's forces to impose Israeli laws on them by force," the foreign ministry said in its letters.

"As an example of the Israeli barbarism, the occupation authorities mobilised soldiers to suppress protest marches, and fired toxic gases in the town of Majdal Shams where there were cases of suffocation among children, the elderly and women during their confrontation with the Israeli occupation forces," the Syrian foreign ministry wrote.

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