Although a day late due to the military's refusal to let them leave, this morning (Wednesday) dozens of Druze students set out from their homes in the Golan Heights headed to Damascus University for the opening of the academic year..
For years students have travelled from Israel to Syria to study as part of President Assad's desire to maintain Syrian influence and special interests in the rule of Druze villages in the Golan Heights.
Maariv revealed yesterday that at first the students had been refused permission to cross into Syria, for reasons unknown. A request was then made of the IDF through the International Red Cross to coordinate the transfer. Following negotiations between officials, the military finally approved the action after making it very clear that they thought this policy should not be continued.