Published: Wed, October 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Syria-Jordan Border Crossing Officially Reopened

Syria-Jordan Border Crossing Officially Reopened

Jordan on Monday reopened its main border crossing with Syria, a key Middle East trade route, after a three year closure, AFP reported.

Naseeb-known in Jordan as the Jaber crossing-has been shuttered since 2015, when rebel fighters seized the Syrian side of the border in a massive military campaign.

A United Nations vehicle crosses the Quneitra border crossing from Syria's Quneitra province to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, Oct. 15, 2018.

The Syrian Army captured Nasib in July after dislodging the rebels from the southern province of Daraa.

Officials recently said that there were still issues hanging between the two sides and the crossing would be reopened only when they are resolved.

Syrian state television footage showed the Syrian side of the crossing as being virtually empty, with just a couple of vehicles present. Syrian forces recaptured both the Quneitra and Daraa areas in July.

"This plaque commemorates the reopening of the Quneitra crossing on 15.10.2018", it said.

Israel seized much of the Golan Heights from Syria in the Six-Day War of 1967 and later annexed it in a move not recognised by the worldwide community. It also reinforces the Syrian government's message that it is slowly emerging victorious from the seven-year conflict.

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He also noted "we hope that the crossing between the Syrian city of Abu Kamal and Iraq would be reopened soon".

Government forces, aided by Russian aircraft and allied militia, chased Isil fighters out of the city and most of the western banks of the Euphrates river past year.

Hundreds of people were abducted by terrorists "Islamic state" from the camp in Eastern Syria during the counter offensive of the jihadists against U.S. forces.

The extremists took advantage of the poor weather conditions to infiltrate the Hajin camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) adjacent to Al Bahra town, the SDF said.

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He says terrorists used to control [Syria's] border crossings and the countries that supported these groups wanted to keep the crossings closed.

It said that it has been dropping leaflets requesting that civilians leave the area for months "to avoid the brutal tactics" of the extremist group.

The battles are hard as the IS militants resorted to several tactics to prevent the SDF from advancing through landmines and suicide bombings. Deir el-Zour, Syria's oil-rich province, has been scene to fighting between government forces and insurgents since the start of the war in 2011.

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