Druse students return to Golan from Syria

July 11, 2013 12:30

Scores of Druse students who had been studying in Damascus returned to the Israeli side of the Golan Heights through the Kuneitra Crossing on Thursday, Israel Radio reported.

Marking the end of the academic year, 27 students crossed the border - only half of the number of students who applied for permission to return to Israel. Red Cross Spokesman for Israel Ran Goldstein commented on the situation, stating that there are many humanitarian hardships in Syria, including injuries, lack of food, medical care and water, and that now at least some students can pass the crossing and "return to their homes in the Golan Heights."

Druse across the region live in a precarious situation, generally choosing to support the government of the country in which they find themselves. In Israel, most Druse men serve in the army – with the exception of those in the Golan.

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