Some 80 Druze students returned to their villages in the Golan Heights from their studies in Syria on Tuesday. While some claimed there was no fighting in Damascus, none of them wanted to return to university in the neighboring country until the situation returned to normal.
Some of the students told Israel Radio the situation in Damascus was calm, with no fighting in the streets. Others said they did not plan to return to university as the remainder of their exams had been cancelled following the July 18 attack in the capital, which killed key members of the Syrian regime.
The students, who live in villages located in the northern part of the Golan, entered Israel at the Quneitra border crossing, opened earlier than usual at the request of students. An additional 20 students were scheduled to return from Syria in the near future. Ten people who had planned to commence university studies in Syria have cancelled their trips.