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Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Golan Druze March For Syrian Independence Day Monday April 17,2017
Hundreds of Druze on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights marched Monday April 17,2017 for Syrian independence day, carrying portraits of President Bashar al-Assad and chanting anti-Israel slogans.
"God save Syria!" they shouted as they rallied in the town of Masada. "Down with the occupation!"
Israeli officials say there are about 20,000 Druze on the strategic plateau seized by the Jewish state from neighbouring Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War.
Israel subsequently annexed the 1,200 square kilometres (460 square miles) of territory in an action never recognised by the international community.
But the vast majority of Golan Druze have retained Syrian nationality.
The civil war which has ravaged their homeland for the past six years is reflected in local divisions, with Masada opponents of the Assad regime refusing to march behind his picture.
But both sides are united in their opposition to the Israeli occupation
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