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Shebaa Farms

Shebaa Farms, a strip of land tucked in the western foothills of Mount Hermon[?] between Lebanon and the Golan Heights, remains a disputed territory in a region struggling to redefine borders. The region remains under Israeli control after the withdrawal of Israeli forces from southern Lebanon. Hezbollah leaders and the Lebanese government demand the return of the land to Syria.

Israel took control of Shebaa Farms from Syria during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war and says the area is not covered by United Nations Security Council Resolution 425 that governs its withdrawal from southern Lebanon. The United Nations says that the area was Syrian territory occupied by Israel during the war and considers the strip part of the Golan Heights rather than of south Lebanon.

The fertile farm land, strategically situated at the corner where Syria, Lebanon and Israel meet, produces barley, fruits and vegetables. According to Lebanese reports, the land consists of 13 farms and is about 15 miles long and five miles wide.

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