AP - The UN Security Council is urging Syrian government forces and rebel groups to stop fighting in the buffer zone between Syria and Israel and withdraw from the area.
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The council strongly condemned recent intense fighting in the buffer zone in a resolution adopted unanimously Thursday that extends until June 30 the mandate of the UN peacekeeping force that has patrolled the area of separation since 1974.
The council supported Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's findings that military activity in the zone has the potential to escalate tensions between Israel and Syria, "jeopardize the cease-fire between the two countries, and pose a risk to the local civilian population" and UN personnel.
For nearly four decades, the UN force helped enforce a stable truce but the Syrian war has spilled into the buffer zone.