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Bird-Watching in a War Zone (Extra Scene from 'The War Next Door')

In this extra scene, VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky encounters a group of bird-watchers, seemingly unfazed by the conflict occurring nearby.
January 5, 2015, 7:10pm

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 this extra scene, VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky encounters a group of bird-watchers at Mount Hermon — Israel's highest point, overlooking the border between Lebanon and Syria. The highly-secured military location houses a nature preserve that's a major destination for bird-watchers from around the world, seemingly unfazed by the conflict occurring nearby.

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