Quneitra { 11 images } Created 25 Sep 2011

Quneitra, a destroyed town in the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force Zone, very close to the de facto border between Syria and Israel, was once the capital of the Golan Heights and a busy market town.

Currently under Syrian control, the town was occupied by Israel for six years, from 1967 until 1974.
The town remains in ruins since it's recapture by Syria, with only a handful of inhabitants who mostly work for the UN currently residing in and around the deserted streets.

There are a small number of school children that live in the demilitarised zone that study in Israeli controlled Golan. The children are provided special permission to cross the zone and into Israel every week, escorted by the UN.

Syria uses the town as an anti-Israeli propaganda tool, allowing local and foreign visitors to drive around and examine the damage done by six years of Israeli occupation. Buildings have signs describing what they once were, and what they were used for by the Israelis. In 2001 Pope John Paul II paid a visit, and there have been other high profile visitors since.

Mosques, a Greek orthodox Church and the majority of the town's other buildings have been completely destroyed.

Graffiti covers the walls in both Hebrew and Arabic. Syria does not plan to rebuild the town, for which it has been criticised for by Israel.
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