Druze residents of the Masada village in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights hold a portrait of Syrian President Bashar Assad during a rally marking Syria's Independence Day on April 17, 2017. / AFP / JALAA MAREY
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Hundreds of Druze on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights marched Monday for Syrian independence day, carrying portraits of President Bashar Assad and chanting anti-Israel slogans.Israeli officials say there are about 20,000 Druze on the strategic plateau seized by the Jewish state from neighboring Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War.The vast majority of Golan Druze have retained Syrian nationality.Last month, Israel struck what it said were Hezbollah targets in Syria, drawing Syrian anti-aircraft missile fire in the worst flare-up between the two governments since the Syrian civil war began in 2011 .
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