It was only in the late 1960s that local farmers decided of their own volition to transition from traditional agro-pastoral practices, common to other villages along the Anti-Lebanon Mountain range
, to non-irrigated fruit cultivation.
The informal checkpoint was erected by Hezbollah a few months ago on the sole road leading into Arsal, an isolated border town high up in the Anti-Lebanon Mountain range
, and is policed by armed members of the party.
The National News Agency said 11 rockets, fired from the anti-Lebanon mountain range
on the border with Syria, hit various locations, including the Shawarna neighborhood of the city, close to the home of MP Ghazi Zeaiter.
They [the Syrian army] would cross the mountain in no time and reduce the village to rubble," he said, pointing his index finger at the Anti-Lebanon mountain range
and toward the Masnaa border crossing, which lies some 10 kilometers from the window of his office on the top floor of the Al-Manahel school.
The arid slopes of the Anti-Lebanon mountain range
border the village from the east.
For the sake of convenience, the boundaries were defined by the geographical features of the Nahr al-Kabir in the north and the peaks of the Anti-Lebanon Mountain Range
and Mount Hermon in the east.