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The War Next Door (Part 4)

In part four of a five-part series, VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky meets the group caught in the middle of the conflict across the border — the Druze of the Majdal Shams village.
December 22, 2014, 5:45pm

In August, al Nusra Front jihadists took control of Syria's side of the border crossing with Israel and kidnapped over 40 United Nations peacekeepers — who have since been released.

But al Nusra Front, an al Qaeda-affiliate, isn't Israel's only threat from Syria. President Bashar al-Assad's military, in a possible effort to bait Israel into its civil war to shore up Arab sympathies, has been lobbing mortars across the border. Just a few weeks ago, the Israeli military shot down a Syrian plane flying over the Golan Heights — the first time it has done so since the 1980s.

In part four of a five-part series, VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky meets the group caught in the middle of the conflict across the border — the Druze of the Majdal Shams village.

Watch Part 1

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