A couple weeks ago while in Israel we visited an observation point near Merom Golan in the Golan Heights. From the observation point we could look into Syria.
I was also in this general area during my first trip to Israel in 2012. See my post: Looking into Syria
Merom Golan is very near the border with Syria. In this snag from Google Maps you really don’t need the dotted line to see the border. You can see the land that is under cultivation on the Israel side of the border.
I have marked the overlook with a red circle. It is only a little more than a mile from the ruined city of Al Qunaitra in Syria. This area of the Golan Heights was closed down today as errant mortar fire from the Syrian conflict was landing on the Israel side of the border for the past two days. Highway 98 was also shut down and civilians were warned to stay out of this area.
When we were there you could hear some very distant rumbles, but I am sure today you would hear things much clearer. It was most likely a very tense day at the lookout, especially for the team of UN observers who have an observation post there.
I am glad that we were not there today.