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Head of UN peacekeepers in Golan Heights dies

Saturday 20/April/2019 - 08:48 AM
United Nations peacekeeping
United Nations peacekeeping force in the Golan
Major General Francis Vib-Sanziri، the Ghanian head of the United Nations peacekeeping force in the Golan Heights، died Friday، the UN said، The Times of Israel reported.

Vib-Sanziri، 62، who had commanded the multi-national force since September 2017، reportedly died of a heart attack while in the southern Israeli port city of Eilat.
His death comes weeks after the UN renewed the mandate of the 1،000-strong UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) that was dispatched to a buffer zone between Israel and Syria in the Golan in 1974، tasked with monitoring a ceasefire in the wake of the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

It also comes just weeks after the US recognized Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

edited by: Basant Ahmed

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