The first stage of Israeli withdrawal from Syrian territory under the disengagement agreement was completed on Friday (14 June) as Syrian forces prepared to take over the area the following day.
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Background: The first stage of Israeli withdrawal from Syrian territory under the disengagement agreement was completed on Friday (14 June) as Syrian forces prepared to take over the area the following day.
The Israelis surrendered an area of about 60 square kilometres (about 24 square miles), captured in the October war last year, to the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UND OF). UND OF was to hand it over to Syria on Saturday morning (15 June).
As the Israelis withdrew from the strategic hills south of the Syrian town of Saasa they blew up their military installations, ensuring that nothing was left for the Syrians. At the same time, special units of Syrian army sappers and UND OF combed fields for mines.
The columns of Israeli tanks were replaced promptly by the white-painted trucks of UND OF, still bearing the number plates of the U.N. Emergency Force (UNEF) operating on the Egyptian front.
The second stage of the Israeli withdrawal was to be competed by 18 June, with 26 June as the deadline for complete withdrawal from the 800 square kilometre (300 square mile) bulge into Syria.
Both sides were to thin out their forces to a depth of 20 kilometres (12 miles) either side of the 15 kilometre (10 mile) long United Nations buffer zone.