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Syrian Arab Republic - ICRC Annual Report 2009

19-05-2010 Annual Report No 2009

The ICRC has been present in the Syrian Arab Republic since 1967. It acts as a neutral intermediary on issues of humanitarian concern for Syrian inhabitants of the part of the Golan occupied by Israel. It facilitates travel for certain categories of people, such as students and pilgrims, between the occupied Golan and the Syrian Arab Republic, and maintains links between separated family members. It works to spread knowledge of IHL in government, military, academic and media circles, and cooperates closely with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent. The ICRC also seeks to visit people detained in the Syrian Arab Republic.