Residents of Kibbutz El-Rom in the Golan Heights surprised Syrian citizens across the border by erecting a giant peace symbol made of basalt stones. The 50-meter-diameter sign was placed by the kibbutz youth at the base of a mountain in the region.
The youth told Channel 10 News Friday that the symbol was built in order to signal to Syrian citizens that peace is possible and that Israel means no harm to the war-torn country.
Over the past two years, the northern kibbutz has had a number of close encounters as a result of the unrest in Syria. In June, a mortar shell, fired from Syria, fell near the kibbutz. No one was injured in the attacks, which were believed to be the result of errant fire.
The Syrian civil war has claimed more than 93,000 lives since it began as an uprising in March 2011, according to the latest UN figures, and over 100,000 according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.