Published: Wed, October 17, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Syria reopens 2 crossings with Jordan, Golan Heights

Syria reopens 2 crossings with Jordan, Golan Heights

The crossing is the only conduit between Syria and Jordan and is also considered one of the most important land crossings in the Middle East as it was the main crossing for exports from Lebanon, Jordan, and Syria to the Gulf states and vice versa.

The closure of Nassib in 2015, when it was overrun by Syrian rebel factions, cut a crucial transit route for billions of dollars of goods and had serious economic repercussions across the region.

The International Committee of the Red Cross says it helped students and pilgrims in the occupied Golan cross into Syria and back again for decades.

"How could any conditions be imposed on the Lebanese side for the crossing of Lebanese trucks at a time when crossings at the Syrian-Lebanese borders take place normally without any preconditions?" the sources said.

Syrian state television footage showed the Syrian side of the crossing as being virtually empty, with just a couple of vehicles present.

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The peacekeepers resumed their patrols in the area of the Quneitra crossing this August, after Syrian government forces regained control of the surrounding province and Russian military police were deployed there.

The crossing is also vital for Syria's neighbouring Lebanon, providing its agricultural products a route to foreign markets.

The Israeli-occupied Golan Heights is a part of Syria that was captured in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed in 1981 in a move that was not internationally recognized.

The reopening comes after Syrian government troops retook their side of the crossing in July under a deal with rebel fighters brokered by Moscow.

But that passage closed in 2014, three years into Syria's war, after jihadists of Syria's former A-Qaeda affiliate overran the area and the United Nations force withdrew. Government forces recaptured the city from Islamic State militants a year ago.

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The use of Nasib crossing by the Lebanese will take some time and specific procedures, the source added.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry on Sunday called for an global investigation into the "crimes" of the USA -led coalition, following a recent attack with white phosphorus in Deir al-Zour, said local news agency.

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.

It is known that in the battle killed several terrorists.

"The border between Israel and Syria was very calm before the start of the Syrian civil war and the return to normal is very convenient for Israel", he told AFP.

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