UN Demands End to Syrian Military Action in the Golan Heights

The Security Council adopted a resolution strongly calling for the cessation of fighting in the region, fearing it could jeopardize the cease-fire between Syria and Israel.

Israeli soldiers stand atop tanks in the Golan Heights near Israel's border with Syria March 19, 2014. Reuters

The UN Security Council is strongly condemning the recent intense fighting between the Syrian government and opposition forces in the Golan Heights and demanding an end to all military activity in the area that has separated Syrian and Israeli forces since 1974.

A resolution unanimously adopted by the council Wednesday echoes Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's finding that ongoing military activities in the area of separation "have the potential to escalate tensions" between Israel and Syria, jeopardize the cease-fire between the two countries and pose a risk to civilians and UN personnel.

The resolution extends the UN mission monitoring the Israeli-Syrian cease-fire until Dec. 31.

In the latest incident on Sunday, forces in Syria struck an Israeli civilian vehicle as it drove in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights on Sunday.