Published: Tue, October 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Flayers above Hajin Enclave, Eastern Euphrates, Calling Civilians to Leave

Flayers above Hajin Enclave, Eastern Euphrates, Calling Civilians to Leave

The border crossing between Jordan and Syria officially opened to civilians and trade on Monday after being closed for three years.

Northwest of Nassib, on the Golan Heights, a Syrian government flag was raised above the only crossing from Syria into Israeli-controlled territory.

"Today is a feast, a feast for the whole Arab and Islamic nations and for the whole World, this crossing is vital for the whole Arab countries", said Mohammed Khalil, the first Syrian in line waiting to cross back into his country.

In addition to Quneitra, Jordanian officials announced a day earlier the reopening of Naseeb crossing, Jordan's main border crossing with Syria, after a three-year closure due to the presence of foreign-backed terrorists.

The passage "is a vital lifeline for trade between the two brotherly countries Jordan and Syria through them to other Arab countries", Jumana Ghunaimat said, spokesperson for the Jordanian government, according to Petra news agency.

Previously two of of the most important trade routes for the government, their opening is a victory for the Syrian government which, backed by Russian Federation, has recaptured large swaths of territory from rebels after seven years of civil war.

It is the only land route that links Syria's neighbouring Lebanon with foreign markets to export agricultural products. The Syrian government says the Israeli regime and its Western and regional allies are aiding Takfiri terrorist groups wreaking havoc in the country.

Lebanon already praised the reopening of the border crossing as a chance to improve the national economy, which was also severely hit by the Syrian war. Ryan, of the coalition, said he could not confirm whether SDF fighters were taken.

Elnashra Lebanese news website had quoted a Syrian source as saying that "No agreement has been reached with the Lebanese side on all details related to the transit of trucks from Lebanon to Jordan through the Nassib border crossing".

Syrian television station Ikhbariya later reported that several people had been killed and several others injured following separate coalition strikes in al-Soussa, Deir Ez-Zor in an attack which hit a local bakery.

Syrian government forces recaptured the crossing from rebel fighters in July.

It was also used by Druze living on the Israeli side travelling to Syria for trade, education or weddings.

UNDOF had withdrawn from the area in 2014 when Al-Qaeda-linked rebels overran the area.

After Syria's civil war started, however, there were violations of the ceasefire with the escalation of military activity in the area of separation patrolled by Undof.

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