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Mt. Bental is over 1000 m above sea level, and provides a stunning view of the Golan heights and into Syria.

While guiding Maryann and Stwart Young at the site in October 2013, we heard loud cannon shots.

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A view into Syria from the top of Mt. Bental. When we arrived a civilian plane was fliying close to the border, and things seeemed very quite.

Usually these are IDF manuvers that I am used to. But this time the shots were coming from Syria!.

Soon enough I tracked with my binoculars smoke coming from one of the Syrian villages, about 7 km east of us.

There was no doubt in mind – we were witnessing the war in Syria!.

Being too far for my pocket camera to zoom to, I improvised, and had my camera fit the binoculars. I managed to get a descent photo of the smoke!.

 

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Hearing cannon shots in Syria, there was no doubt in mind this is part of the war in Syria. tracing the smoke of the bomb, I improvised by setting my camera lens into my binoculars.

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In the center of the photo one can clearly see the white smoke of the site bombed. Looks like the bomb fell in an open field, but very close to a Syrian village.

We later heard a few more cannon shots, but could not track any smoke. after 20 minutes we left, but with quite a unique experience.. – I never thought my tours will also include views of the war in Syria!..