Syria, Jordan Officially Reopen Border Crossing

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Syria opened two key border crossings on Monday after years of closure due to the ongoing civil war ravaging the country, re-establishing links with Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, officials said.

Located between the Jordanian town of Jaber in the province of al-Mafraq and the Syrian town of Nassib in the province of Daraa, the crossing had been controlled by militants for the past three years.

At least half a dozen vehicles bearing Jordanian license plates appeared to be preparing to pass through the crossing towards Syria in images broadcast on local TV and social media channels Monday morning, as Jordanian security officers checked drivers' passports and ID documents. Rebels seized the crossing in 2015, disrupting a major trade route between Syria and Jordan, Lebanon and oil-rich Gulf countries.

The Quneitra crossing was the only crossing for the Syrians in the Israel-occupied Golan Heights to enter Syria but not for the Syrians inside Syria as they are not allowed to enter the Israeli-occupied territory.

Syrian troops recaptured it in July this year after rebels reached an agreement with Russian mediators to end the violence in the southern province of Daraa and surrender the crossing.

Iraq's foreign minister says Syria should not be isolated from its Arab neighbors, and lauded Damascus for staying "strong" and united in the face of many adversities.

As the crossing has been officially reopened, Golan students are expected to visit Syria through Quneitra after they had gone through long trips through Jordan to come to Syria by airplanes.

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The Assad regime retook the area around the border crossing at Naseeb in July during a weekslong Russian-backed offensive to drive opposition groups from their stronghold in southwest Syria.

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 occupied the Golan Heights in 1967.

The reopening of the crossings is a major boost to the Syrian government of President Bashar Assad, restoring a commercial lifeline to the outside world.

"The trucks will start operating starting Tuesday, and we have not been informed of any different procedures related to the transport and transit process", said Shafiq Al-Qassis, head of Truck Owners' Association in Lebanon.

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 Syrian Democratic Forces said in a statement that fighting Friday night in the Hajin camp for displaced persons left 20 IS gunmen and "several" SDF fighters dead.

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