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Syria : Dar`ā

6.3 km (3.9 miles) E of Suwaysa (al-Qunaytira), Dar`ā, Syria
Approx. altitude: 673 m (2207 ft)
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Antipode: 33°S 144°W

Accuracy: 2 m (6 ft)
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#2: Northern view #3: Eastern view #4: GPS #5: The confluencers #6: The border #7: Children outside masjid in Qāsim

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  33°N 36°E (visit #1)  

#1: General view with horse farm in background

(visited by Mushtaq Mahmood, Shahzad Mahmood, Rumana Mahmood, Waheeda Mahmood and Fowzia Mahmood)

30-Jan-2004 -- During our extended `Īdu-l-Aḍḥā holidays of January/February 2004 to Syria, we combined the on-road tour of the archaeologically and culturally rich country with visits to six Confluences (33N 36E, 34N 37E, 36N 39E, 36N 38E, 36N 37E and 35N 37E).

After having crossed a very busy border at Mafraq from Jordan on a chilly Friday morning of 30 January, we headed towards the small village of Qāsim, which was only 3 km from the Confluence, just as the call for the Jum`a (Friday) prayers started.

We joined the congregation in the small village masjid for the Jum`a prayers, and soon we were back on the muddy tracks crisscrossing the countryside. The Confluence was in the middle of a muddy, empty farm field, and to reach it, we had to walk across from a horse farm to get to it. We had to leave our boots off, since at times the mud came right up to the knees!

After a round of delicious shawarmas from the local eatery in al-Samanayn, we headed out to the Confluence 34N 37E, which was on the way towards Tadmur (Palmyra).


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#1: General view with horse farm in background
#2: Northern view
#3: Eastern view
#4: GPS
#5: The confluencers
#6: The border
#7: Children outside masjid in Qāsim
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