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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power speaks after a U.N. Security Council vote on the Syria humanitarian crisis at the U.N. headquarters on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. The council united for the first time on the resolution demanding that President Bashar Assad's government and the opposition provide immediate access everywhere in the country to deliver aid to millions of people. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
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First Published Feb 22 2014 10:47 pm • Last Updated Feb 22 2014 10:47 pm

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Syrian troops advance near Golan Heights

Beirut » Syrian government forces captured two rebel-held areas on the edge of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Saturday after days of intense fighting near a decades-old cease-fire line between Syria and Israel, state TV said.

The Syrian TV report, citing a military official, said troops and pro-government gunmen known as National Defense Forces captured the areas of Rasm al-Hour and Rasm al-Sad, south of the town of Quneitra. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory For Human Rights confirmed troops were on the offensive, adding that the air force was taking part in the attack.

In December, the U.N. Security Council strongly condemned all military activity on the Golan Heights by the Syrian army and opposition fighters, warning that it could “jeopardize the cease-fire” between Syria and Israel.

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