Border crossing between Kurdistan, northeast Syria reopened: official

File – pontoon bridge at the Fishkhabur (Semalka) border crossing between Kurdistan Region and northeast Syria. (Photo: Janet Biehl)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — A vital border crossing between the Kurdistan Region and Syria’s northeast was reopened one month after it was closed, authorities said on Saturday.

Director of Fishkhabour border crossing Shawkat Barbahari said the border crossing was reopened for human assistance delivery to northeast Syria and movement of foreign organizations.

Kurdish authorities closed the Fishkhabour-Semalka border crossing between the Kurdistan Region and northeast Syria last month after protesters affiliated with the Democratic Union Party (PYD) clashed with Kurdistan’s security forces on the Kurdistan’s border.

Al-Monitor reported on December 28 that some 38 trucks carrying humanitarian aid were allowed to cross the border crossing after a senior U.S. official called Kurdish Prime Minister Masrour Barzani.

The border crossing is the only outlet that connects northeast Syria to the world. Its shutdown interrupted the transportation of commodities into the Kurdish-held areas in Syria.

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