Kuneitra, originally founded during the Ottoman Empire, is an abandoned Syrian city, empty and decrepit with a long history of military engagement.
On the last day of the Six-Day War, the Israeli forces gained control of this city. The native population relocated to other parts of Syria, never to return. The desolate city remained part of Israel for the next six years. (Israel and Syria were still in a state of war then and remain today). During the Yom Kippur War in 1973, the Syria army was able to recapture the city; but only for a short period of time. The Israeli forces swiftly recovered it. About a year later, in 1974, Israel signed a disengagement agreement with the help of the United States. The agreement called for the area to be demilitarized in order to create a buffer zone between Syria and Israel. Today the area is monitored by the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOP).
From inside of Israel, you will have the opportunity to see a beautiful view of nature. You will also get to “peek” inside village of Kuneitra. You will learn more about the wars Israeli fought against the Syrian Army and the current situation of this deserted city.