Al-Qunayṭirah, also spelled El-Kuneitra, abandoned town in the United Nations (UN)-monitored demilitarized zone between Syria and Israel. It was an important regional hub and administrative centre in southwestern Syria until the Six-Day War of June 1967, when it was occupied by Israeli military forces. When the Israelis withdrew in 1974, they systematically stripped and destroyed the town. The Syrians decided not to resettle it, preferring to let its ruined state serve as a reminder of the Israeli occupation.
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