Israel prepares to reopen Syrian border

Re-opening of Naseeb Jaber crossing will be a major diplomatic victory for Syria's government

Re-opening of Naseeb Jaber crossing will be a major diplomatic victory for Syria's government

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She said in a statement that the decision was taken after "Jordanian and Syrian technical teams agreed on the final measures needed to reopen the border during a meeting held at the Jaber crossing".

The Syrian government retook the area around the Nassib border crossing with Jordan in July during a Russian-backed offensive to drive rebels from their stronghold in southwest Syria.

The crossing once served as a major economic and travel artery for Syria, Jordan and neighbouring countries.

"This was a crucial artery of trade between Jordan and Syria and transit to other countries", said Jordanian government spokeswoman Jumana Ghunaimat.

Syria's Interior Minister Mohammed al-Shaar also confirmed the crossing's reopening, according to Syria's state news agency. Less than two weeks later, SANA announced that the border would reopen officially on October 10.

Israel also said on Sunday that the Quneitra crossing with Syria will reopen on Monday to United Nations observers, four years after it was closed because of the fighting.

Ghneimat could not be reached for comment on Monday.

The Quneitra crossing was opened on the same day as the Nassib crossing with Jordan.

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Arab countries have boycotted the regime since the early days of the war, freezing its membership in the 22-member state Arab League.

That could soon change, Heller told Syria Direct, even if cross-border ties resume "not necessarily on totally friendly terms".

Al-Qa'im crossing is considered as one of the major supply routes across the Middle East, which connects the town of Abu Kamal in Syria's Deir al-Zour to the city of Husaybah in the Al-Qa'im District of Iraq's Anbar Governorate.

The border crossing was opened on Monday at 8am local time (same as Moscow time).

Petra said Syrians entering Jordan must first obtain security clearance from Jordanian authorities, as has been the case throughout the Syria's war.

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.

There are also signs that Syria is attempting to open up crossings with other neighboring countries in the wake of Naseeb. By 1130 GMT Reuters had seen a Syrian business delegation cross into Jordan, and a couple of dozen civilians leave Jordan, but no trucks in either direction.

The Quneitra crossing is used primarily by the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), which has around 1,000 troops who monitor a ceasefire line separating Israeli-occupied parts of the Golan Heights from Syria.

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