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Quneitra (also Al Qunaytirah, Qunaitira, or Kuneitra) is the largely destroyed and abandoned capital of the Quneitra Governorate in south-western Syria. It is situated in a high valley in the Golan Heights at an elevation of 1,010 metres (3,313 feet) above sea level. Quneitra was founded in the Ottoman era as a way station on the caravan route to Damascus and subsequently became a garrison town of some 20,000 people, strategically located near the ceasefire line with Israel. Its name is Arabic for "the little bridge".


On 10 June 1967, the last day of the Six-Day War, Quneitra came under Israeli control. It was briefly recaptured by Syria during the 1973 Yom Kippur War, but Israel regained control in its subsequent counter-offensive. The city was almost completely destroyed before the Israeli withdrawal in June 1974. It now lies in the demilitarized United Nations Disengagement Observer Force Zone between Syria and Israel, a short distance from the de facto border between the two countries, and is populated by only a handful of families. Syria refused to rebuild the city and actively discourages resettlement in the area. Israel was heavily criticized by the United Nations for the city's destruction, while Israel has also criticized Syria for not rebuilding Quneitra.

Quneitra, Syria
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Al-Numairi told Enab Baladi that a massive percentage of the agricultural lands near the towns of Swisah, al-Rafid and Beer Ajam, which are all towns in the governorate of Quneitra near the borders of Occupied Golan, are offered for sell, pointing out that the prices vary between one thousand and ... Market
Also, they added that several units from the army's 5th, 7th, and 9th divisions were brought back from Eastern Ghouta to Dara'a and Al-Quneitra provinces. With all signs pointing to Southern Syria as the next military objective after the conclusion of Eastern Ghouta and the Southern countryside of Damascus ... Market

When he was three years old and walked out of a mosque in his home village near Quneitra, a rocket exploded and blinded him in both eyes. It was just after the Syrian civil war began, and he has been blind ever since. "There are a lot of airplanes and explosions, and I'm in darkness all the time," he says. Market
BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is nearing the end of their operations in the East Ghouta region of Damascus, as they await Jaysh Al-Islam's decision regarding the key town of Douma. Should Jaysh Al-Islam choose to depart from Douma, the Syrian Army will send their large ... Market
Informed sources told Anadolu on Friday that opposition factions in Daraa and Al-Quneitra provinces in southern Syria are preparing for major military action against the regime and Iranian militias in the region. The anonymous sources said that the preparations coincided with the arrival of about 200 US ... Market
"You see, living in Quneitra, we never wanted to do harm to our country. We thought from the beginning that being in the ranks of the FSA, we will make our country better, but then there were foreign commanders from Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Jordan and other countries, and it became clear to us that the war ... Market

MEDIA reports on 4 March stated that two Free Syrian Army (FSA) militants had been killed and another had been wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced on a motorcycle by unidentified militants, detonated in Hiran area in Syria's Quneitra governorate on an earlier unspecified ... Market
In the six months that followed the implementation of the "de-escalation" agreement in southern Syria, in July 2017, the Syrian regime's military aircraft and helicopters departed the sky above Daraa and Quneitra governorates, throughout a period, considered as the longest since the military aircraft ...
Hezbollah has also used Quneitra as a base to train Iran-backed forces fighting in other conflicts in the region. Ahmad, a foot soldier for an Iranian-backed Iraqi paramilitary group called Al-Badr, told me in Baghdad, he was flown to Quneitra, along with other fighters, to be trained by Lebanese Hezbollah in ...
Syrian government forces, supported by allied fighters from popular defense groups, have repelled a surprise attack by members of the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham Takfiri terrorist group, formerly known as al-Nusra Front, on military posts in the country's strategic southwestern region of Quneitra near the border ...
The Syrian Army units operating in Quneitra, in cooperation with the popular defense groups, foiled an attack by al-Nusra Front terrorists on military posts in the surroundings of al-Baath City. SANA reporter in Quneitra said that the army units and the popular defense groups engaged in violent clashes with ...
Damascus has long expressed alarm over the Israeli military's aid to opposition factions such as the Quneitra-based Liwa Fursan al-Jolan, or the “Knights of the Golan Brigade,” and FSA faction Firqat Ahrar Nawa. Last month, Firqat Ahrar Nawa posted a video to YouTube showing rebels unloading a truck ...
President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday issued a decree naming Abdul Majeed al-Kawakibi as governor of the province of Deir-ez-Zor, ending the appointment of Mohammad Ibrahim Samra. Assad also issued a decree naming Humam Sadeq Debyyat as governor of Quneitra, ending the appointment of ...
A woman sits near a sign at Mount Bental, an observation post in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights that overlooks the Syrian side of the Quneitra ... The Syrian regime and Hezbollah have begun military preparations in Quneitra's countryside amid fears that Daraa and Quneitra will turn into an arena for an ...
Syria's air defenses fired at Israeli spy drone as it flew over the southwestern Syrian city of Quneitra, forcing them to leave the Syrian air space. “Syrian air defense confronts an Israeli reconnaissance plane over Quneitra, forces it to leave the Syrian spaces,” the official SANA news outlet reported.
ACCORDING to the pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, six Syria Revolutionaries Front (SRF) fighters - including a commander and his brother - were killed when an improvised explosive device (IED) - described in reports as an explosive canister - emplaced on the road by unidentified ...
Israeli military 'prepared' to intervene as a Druze village is caught up in fighting between Assad's forces and rebels. 3 Nov 2017. Violence hits Druze village Hader in Syria's Quneitra. Druze in Golan Heights have been caught up in violence across the border [Baz Ratner/Reuters]. Israeli security forces say they are ...

During the month of February, the humanitarian community tracked 167,906 displacements in the governorates of Al-Hasakeh, Aleppo, Dar'a, Hama, Homs, Idleb and Quneitra. In comparison with the displacement which took place in January 2018, a 35% decrease is noted which is largely attributed to the ...
This comment from the Pentagon is noteworthy, considering the presumed existence of the Amman Center for cease-fire control in southwestern Syria, which includes Quneitra, Daraa and Suweida provinces. More importantly, the two major players in southwestern Syria — neighbors Jordan and Israel ...
The southern governorate of Quneitra, is a largely agricultural governorate located in the Syrian Golan Heights. Three of the assessed communities in Quneitra, had no pre-conflict population remaining on the last day of December: Breiqa, Quneitra and Bir Ajam (all in Quneitra subdistrict). However, all ...
WASHINGTON, February 27. /TASS/. The establishment of de-escalation zones on the whole territory or in some parts of Syria is currently impossible, but is possible in theory, said Vitaly Naumkin, the Academic Director of the Institute of Oriental Studies (part of the Russian Academy of Sciences), answering ...
The southern governorate of Quneitra, is a largely agricultural governorate located in the Syrian Golan Heights. Three of the assessed communities in Quneitra, had no pre-conflict population remaining on the last day of December: Breiqa, Quneitra and Bir Ajam (all in Quneitra subdistrict). However, all ...
Damascus has long expressed alarm over the Israeli military's aid to opposition factions such as the Quneitra-based Liwa Fursan al-Jolan, or the “Knights of the Golan Brigade,” and FSA faction Firqat Ahrar Nawa. Last month, Firqat Ahrar Nawa posted a video to YouTube showing rebels unloading a truck ...
The Syrian Army units operating in Quneitra, in cooperation with the popular defense groups, foiled an attack by al-Nusra Front terrorists on military posts in the surroundings of al-Baath City. SANA reporter in Quneitra said that the army units and the popular defense groups engaged in violent clashes with ...
A woman sits near a sign at Mount Bental, an observation post in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights that overlooks the Syrian side of the Quneitra ... The Syrian regime and Hezbollah have begun military preparations in Quneitra's countryside amid fears that Daraa and Quneitra will turn into an arena for an ...
Rebels from Quneitra and western Daraa, as well as media activists in those regions with ties to the rebels, told me that Israel began providing more military support to a greater number of rebel groups affiliated with the Free Syrian Army. This support came in the form of weapons, ammunition and money to ...
ACCORDING to the pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, six Syria Revolutionaries Front (SRF) fighters - including a commander and his brother - were killed when an improvised explosive device (IED) - described in reports as an explosive canister - emplaced on the road by unidentified ...
I stood at the border of Israel and Syria — well up in the Golan Heights of northeastern Israel — and looked down into the largely abandoned Syrian village of Quneitra. I've stood at the Berlin Wall. I've walked from what used to be Checkpoint Charlie in former West Berlin into what used to be East Berlin.
At the same time, the Israelis took advantage of the Syrian revolution and the establishment of rebel positions in Quneitra Province (the Golan Heights and points east) to give support to the rebels, including the al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front (Syrian Conquest Front). Gradually this Israeli-rebel nexus has ...
The southern governorate of Quneitra, is a largely agricultural governorate located in the Syrian Golan Heights. Three of the assessed communities in Quneitra, had no pre-conflict population remaining on the last day of November: Breiqa, Quneitra and Bir Ajam (Quneitra sub-district). However, all three ...
He detailed that there are still scattered small and weak flashpoints of the group Islamic State in a southern area between the provinces of Quneitra and Daraa, and in the south of Damasco (Yarmuk and Hajjar Asswad camp). The Syrian official considered that the extermination of these terrorist flashpoints ...
Israel is using several Free Syrian Army (FSA) groups in a three phases-plan to impose a 40km-deep 'safe zone' in southern Syria, the Intercept reported on January 23. According to the report, Israel already accomplished the first phase of its plan and it is currently working with different Israeli and ...
... Ed Dean Hassunom, visited in hospitals and gave presents to the children evacuated from the Syrian province of Eastern Ghouta. Talks on joining the ceasefire are underway between the reconciliation center and residents of settlements in the regions of Homs, Aleppo, Damascus, Hama and al-Quneitra.
Early Thursday morning, the tent that Fatima and her children have lived in for more than a year and a half collapsed after several days of heavy rain and strong winds struck a half-dozen displacement camps in Syria's southwestern Quneitra province, near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. “Everything we ...
The team has a plan to document the numbers of people with motor, sensory and mental disabilities in the two governorates of Daraa and Quneitra. In relation to this, Ghezlan said that the Association has started to evaluate these people's needs, including medicines, medical supplies, covering the tuition ...
In an interview with Al-Monitor, Syrian researcher Mazen Izzi said the de-escalation agreement applies essentially to Quneitra and Daraa in southern Syria, which also includes Sweida, Rif Dimashq Janoubi (southern, rural areas of Damascus) and western Ghouta. “The de-escalation [agreement] has ...
Hajj Fayez Moughniyeh is the father of three martyrs: The commander of the Islamic Resistance Hajj Imad, Hajj Jihad, and Hajj Fouad. In January 2015, the Zionist warplanes raided the Syrian province of Quneitra, claiming six Hezbollah martyrs, including Jihad, the son of the commander martyr Hajj Imad ...
To prevent this from happening, Israel has adopted a multi-pronged strategy that consists of efforts to target Iranian Revolutionary Guards and allied militias at the Quneitra and Golan regions, and to intercept the transfer of advanced weaponry to Hezbollah, including mid-range missiles. The Israeli strategy ...
De-escalation zones include the Idlib province, some parts of Latakia, Hama and Aleppo provinces, Homs, Eastern Ghouta, Daraa and al-Quneitra provinces in southern Syria. Syria has been embroiled in a civil war since 2011. Protestors have for long been demanding the resignation of Assad over his ...
De-escalation zones include the Idlib Province, some parts of Latakia, Hama and Aleppo Provinces, Homs, Eastern Ghouta, Daraa and al-Quneitra Provinces in southern Syria. Syria has been embroiled in a civil war since 2011. Protestors have for long been demanding the resignation of Assad over his ...
The city of Ayuba is located in the province of Daraa, near the positions of the armed opposition in the neighboring province of Quneitra. The population of Ayuba is 2,000 people. Refugees account for one third of the population. This is the only settlement in the area humanitarian convoys can reach.
... in parallel with a number of local agreements, ways to further establish de-escalation zones in Idlib governorate and the surrounding areas (parts of Aleppo, Hama, and Latakia governorates), northern Homs governorate, Eastern Ghouta, and parts of Daraa and Quneitra governorates in south Syria.
De-escalation zones include the Idlib Province, some parts of its neighboring areas in the Latakia, Hama and Aleppo Provinces north of the city of Homs, Eastern Ghouta, as well as the Daraa and al-Quneitra Provinces in southern Syria. On December 11, 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the ...
"This will allow [the SAA] to free the entire southwestern region of Damascus from terrorists," Brig. Gen. Hassun told Sputnik Arabic. "It is especially important to take under the SAA's control [the territories] north of the province of Quneitra, which the Israelis had planned to manage with the assistance of the ...
Rebels near Quneitra, Syria, not far from the Israeli border, June 2017. Alaa Al-Faqir / Reuters. Analysis Iran in the north, ISIS in the south: These are the threats Israel is facing in 2018 · Analysis Syria's Assad is taking over the border region, presenting Israel with a moral dilemma · Analysis Russia will have ...
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:46 P.M.) – As the rebel evacuation of the Beit Jinn pocket concludes, the Syrian Arab Army and its allied forces begin eyeing other jihadist strongholds in southern Syria. According to a military source, the Haramoun Regiment, NDF, Quneitra Hawks, and other units will shift their focus ...
Hezbollah's bastion in southern Lebanon is only a few kms from the rebel enclave, and securing a supply line from its stronghold into Syria's Quneitra province was a major strategic gain, rebels and defense analysts say. "Now Hezbollah will have a bigger foothold on the Syrian side of the Golan and it is ...
BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:40 P.M.) – An operation by jihadist rebels of the Ha'yat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda) terrorist group to infiltrate government-held lines near an important city in northern Quneitra province was foiled by Syrian Arab Army soldiers on Thursday ...
The one in the south mainly comprises the Quneitra and Daraa governorates, with the exception of a small strip of land that includes the road from Daraa to Damascus and is part of the city of Daraa. These latter two areas are under the control of government forces, which control most of the western border ...
The men are part of the Southern Front, a loose collaboration of dozens of anti-Assad, Western-vetted militias operating in Daraa and Quneitra provinces. For close to four years, they have been paid, armed and directed by the Military Operations Command, or MOC – a US-led support mechanism and ...


 

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