Published: Thu, October 18, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Sole crossing between Syria and Israel-occupied Golan reopens

Sole crossing between Syria and Israel-occupied Golan reopens

A United Nations vehicle crosses the Quneitra border crossing on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, on October 15, 2018.

There are two main border crossings linking Jordan to Syria, which has only just begun to emerge from a devastating conflict that began in 2011 after the Assad regime cracked down on demonstrators with unexpected ferocity.

The strategic Naseeb crossing between Syria and Jordan on the Damascus-Amman worldwide highway was reopened Monday, just one day after both countries agreed to it.

Opening the Syria-Jordan border will also be important for Lebanese exporters to be able once again to send produce overland through Syria to the wider region.

Opposition groups seized the crossing in 2015, disrupting a major trade route between Syria and Jordan, Lebanon and oil-rich Gulf countries.

HUNDREDS of people were taken by Islamic State (IS) fighters from a displacement camp in east Syria during a jihadist counterattack against advancing US-backed forces, a monitor said today.

"The opening of the two land crossings... come as a message that the geographical and political map is changing", he said.

Syria's foreign ministry has resolutely condemned the use of white phosphorous bombs by the air force of the US-led coalition, SANA news agency said.

Israel captured the Golan from Syria in the 1967 Mideast war.

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In the past, Druze farmers in the Golan Heights relied on the crossing to export apples to Syria.

According to an agreement between Jordan and Syria seen by AFP, the traffic of passenger and goods at the border crossing will resume daily from 0500 GMT to 1300 GMT.

Khaled Abaza, secretary of Syria's Ba'ath Arab Socialist Party's branch in Quneitra, told Xinhua that "the reopening of this crossing is reviving the lifeline between our people who are under occupation and on their homeland".

At the end of September, Syrian state media said the border had reopened, but this was denied by Jordan, who said the two sides were still studying the reopening of the border.

Both ministers did not say when the crossings will be reopened but said it should not take long.

Syria is also discussing with Iraq the reopening of their border.

In July, the Iraqi forces worked to enhance the security situation on the border with Syria, installing cameras and flying drones to ensure the security against any threat from IS.

The area in Syria's eastern Deir el-Zour province has been witnessing days of intense clashes between IS and the US -backed Syrian Democratic Forces amid bad weather and low visibility.

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