U.N. Security Council calls on Syria, rebels to cease Golan fighting

JERUSALEM (JTA) —  The U.N. Security Council condemned the fighting between Syrian government and rebel forces on the Golan Heights and called for an end to military activity there.

On Wednesday, the council unanimously adopted a resolution calling for the two sides to cease “military activity of any kind” in the area between Syria and Israel.

The resolution comes days after an Israeli teen riding in a vehicle on the Golan near the border fence was killed by a rocket fired from Syria. The Israel Defense Forces, which said it believes the attack was intentional and not a stray rocket as part of the three-year civil war, responded with tank fire across the Golan border at Syrian military positions.

Syrian military activity in the Golan has “the potential to escalate tensions” between Syria and Israel, the resolution said.

The resolution also extended the United Nations monitoring mission of the Israel-Syria cease-fire, which went into effect in April 2012, through the end of the year.

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