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Syria Says Had UN "Oral Approval" For Tanks in Golan, UNDOF Caught a Jordanian

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive

UNITED NATIONS, November 9 -- Syria has filed another "urgent" letter with the UN Security Council, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and UN Peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous, explaining its tanks' entry into and withdrawal from the Golan Area of Separation.

Syria stated that it got approval from the UN for "conducting a limited military operation to free two villages from terrorist groups." The villages are Breiqa and Beir Ajam.

"As a result of this oral approval from UNDOF," says the unofficial translation of Syria's letter exclusively obtained by Inner City Press, "a small military force entered the mentioned area and chased the terrorists."

Numerous statements of UN officials and diplomats have omitted this "oral approval from UNDOF."

The letter recounts how "during the second half of October 2012, armed terrorist elements started to appear" in the two villages... Due to calls from the inhabitants of those two villages for the army to assist in chasing the terrorists out.... there was a need for a limited military operation to restore security to the area."

UNDOF was contacted, and according to Syria gave its approval "after few hours."

Syria's letter says that "at 17:00 hours on Thursday November 8th, 2012, the tanks were withdrawn... while our law enforcement members remained inside the village of Beir Ajam... within the next 72 hours the military operation will be completed there."

The letter concludes that "if some bullets crossed over to the Israeli side, those should be stray bullets, or bullets from the guns used by the armed groups."

Syria's letter: "Top Urgent," photo by MRLee

There is also a UN / UNDOF "Agenda Point" in which Maj. Gen. I.S. Singha, the Force Commander of UNDOF, states to Syrian Commanding Colonel Engineer Mazen Ibrahim Younes that "the only available information we received from A-Side is that they apprehended one JORDANIAN citizen on 20 September 2012 in the Southern part of the AOS." Watch this site.

UNDOF's Singha's note on captured Jordanian, photo by MRLee

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