A Syrian officer’s journal dating from 1967, which contains detailed plans to attack Israeli soldiers and documents the Syrian troops’ day-to-day activities, was discovered in the Golan Heights on Saturday.
The notebook was found by a 13-year-old resident of Kfar Yehezkel, who was hiking with his family near an abandoned Syrian outpost in the southern Golan Heights, Channel 2 reported.
The boy brought his discovery to school — not knowing what it was — and asked his Arabic instructors to translate its contents.
“I brought the notebooks to my Arabic teachers in school,” he said. “They told me it was [written] in a Syrian Aleppo [dialect] so it would take them time to decipher it. We realized it was a war diary and I was thrilled to discover that I have something historical, meaningful to that period.”
The report did not identify the officer to whom the journal belonged.
Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Six Day War and annexed the territory in 1981.