Israel ready to reopen Syria crossing, defence minister says


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Tel Aviv (DPA/GNA) –
Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman says his country is ready to reopen
the Quneitra crossing with Syria adding that “the ball is in Syria’s
court.”

The Quneitra crossing,
located in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, was shuttered in 2014 according
to Israeli media.

UNDOF, a United
Nations peacekeeping force, restarted patrols in the Quinetra area in August
after th

Tel Aviv (DPA/GNA) –
Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman says his country is ready to reopen
the Quneitra crossing with Syria adding that “the ball is in Syria’s
court.”

The Quneitra crossing,
located in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, was shuttered in 2014 according
to Israeli media.

UNDOF, a United
Nations peacekeeping force, restarted patrols in the Quinetra area in August
after the Syrian government retook control over the town of Quinetra from
Syrian rebels.

“We are ready to
open the crossing as it was before and now the ball is in Syria’s court,”
Lieberman said during a tour of the crossing on Thursday.

“In terms of the
ability to operate the crossing, both from a security and administrative point
of view, everything is ready,” he said.

The crossing is mainly
used for UNDOF observer forces and for the Golan Height’s Druze ethnic minority
to cross into Syria.

Lieberman reiterated
Israel’s stated policy of non-intervention in the Syria civil war.

He said Israel will
seek to ensure compliance with a buffer zone established between the
Israeli-controlled Golan Heights and Syria in 1974 after the 1973 Arab-Israeli
war.

GNA


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