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The harassed village of Quneitra owes its misfortune to its situation in the vicinity of the Golan Heights and the crossings of routes leading to four different countries. During the Syrian-Israeli war of 1967, Quneitra was completely destroyed. In 1973, Syria and Egypt launched a surprise-attack against Israel to recapture their lost territories.

Before Israel retired from Quneitra, its troops destroyed all buildings. The main part of the Golan Heights is still under Israeli rule and the only part which can be visited coming from Syria is Quneitra. In Syria, this city is considered an open air museum to document those events. A visit of the city is indeed a first class visual education about the impact of the military conflict in that region since the middle of the 20th century.

Visitors are offered a guided tour through the ruins of the town. It leads through the cracked main road to the mosque, the church and the hospital dotted with bullet-holes. Like his father, Syria's new president Bashar Al-Assad is willing to make peace with Israel; one of the major conditions is the restitution of the Golan Heights to Syria.
   

 

 

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