A diplomatic effort is underway tonight to avert further bloodshed across southern Syria. President Assad’s army is poised to expel a variety of rebels and Islamist insurgent groups from a swathe of land bordering Jordan and Israel.
Tensions are between Israel and Syria are higher than for generations. In particular, where Syria’s Golan Heights – much of it occupied by Israel – and the rest of Syria itself meet.
Access to the Syrian side is usually denied but our Chief Correspondent Alex Thomson is the first foreign TV journalist to visit Syria’s front line with Israel in recent years and sends this exclusive report.