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First Disengagement Phase Ends

The first phase of the Israeli-Syrian disengagement was completed yesterday with the Syrian takeover of the 35-square mile eastern section of the 300-square mile salient captured by Israel during the Yom Kippur War. The second phase, a pullback west of that section, is due this week.

Shortly after the Israeli forces departed Friday, United Nations units came in from the Syrian side, accompanied by Syrians returning to their villages. The Syrian army took over the area from the UN yesterday. The entire disengagement agreement is to be completed by, June 25.