US alters Golan Heights designation from ‘Israeli-occupied’ to ‘Israeli-controlled’

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The US has dropped its description of the Golan Heights from “Israeli-occupied” to “Israeli-controlled” in a state department report, the latest sign of approval towards Israel’s disputed claim to land it captured from Syria.

World powers have long called on Israel to rescind its authority of the strategic region and labelled the occupation as illegal under international law.

However, Israel has been lobbying hard for the Trump administration to recognise sovereignty over the volcanic plateau it occupied more than half a century ago and later annexed.