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Golan Heights

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Map of the Golan Heights.

The Golan Heights (Arabic: هضبة الجولان, Haḍbatu 'l-Jawlān; Hebrew: רמת הגולן, Ramat HaGolan) is a plateau in the northeast of Israel, border of Lebanon, Jordan and Syria. It is one of the territories captured by Israel during the Six-Day War in 1967. [1] In 1973, in the Yom Kippur War, Syrian forces launched a well-coordinated operation to invade the Golan Heights. After a tough fight, the Israel Defense Force (IDF) reversed the situation and recaptured the hills reaching about 50 kilometers (30 miles) from Damascus.[2] The Golan Heights are still claimed by Syria.

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  1. Gilbert, Martin, ed. (1990). The Ilustrated Atlas of the Jewish Civilization. New York: MacMillan. p. 205. ISBN 0-02-543415-2. 
  2. Barnavi, Eli, ed. (1992). A Historical Atlas of the Jewish People: From the Time of the Patriarchs to the Present. New York: Schocken Books. p. 264. ISBN 0-8052-4127-2. 
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