A Syrian bunker was discovered Tuesday morning during efforts to clear a minefield in the Golan Heights.
The bunker was discovered to hold hundreds of items of ammunition, including mortars of different diameters, fuzes, pyrotechnical munitions, explosives, bullets for shotguns, and more. Some of the ammunition was loose, and others were in their original packaging.
The bunker was built in Syria's al-Mourtafa outpost at the Gadot Observation Point. The outpost was one of the Syrian army's most fortified in the Golan Heights before the Six Day War, and from it Syrian soldiers fired at the towns in the Hula Valley.
In the fields surrounding the outpost, which now serves as a memorial site for the Alexandroni Brigade, there are still thousands of mines from the battle.
In recent months, the Israel National Mine Action Authority (INMAA) has begun working to clear the mines and duds, in order to make the popular tourist site safer for its many visitors.
The large amount of ammunition found in the Syrian bunker has been collected and moved, with the strictest safety precautions, to where it will be stored until its destruction.
Since its began operating in 2012, the INMAA has cleared approximately 15,000 dunams (3707 acres) of mines and duds.