Jordan, Syria hail reopening of border crossing

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Syria's crossing with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights also reopened-to United Nations observers-on Monday after a four-year closure due to fighting in southwestern Syria.

"I would compare the reopening of the border crossing [between Syria and Jordan] to President Sadat of Egypt's decision to reopen the Suez Canal in 1975".

"As far as I'm concerned, [Assad] is a war criminal and all those global bodies that are so concerned about human rights, I do not see them acting on the Syrian side and not asking for clarifications from Assad", he said.

Separately, Israel reopened the Quneitra crossing on its occupied Golan Heights front with Syria on Monday.

But it also allowed Druze living in the Golan Heights to cross over into Syria to study or attend weddings, or sell their agricultural produce such as apples.

The main crossing between Syria and Jordan also reopened on Monday.

The UNDOF forces were first deployed between Syria and the Golan Heights in 1974 to separate Syrian and Israeli forces after Israel occupied the Golan Heights during the 1967 war.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem said he hoped the al-Bukamal border crossing with neighbouring Iraq would open as soon as possible.

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The area in Syria's Deir el-Zour province has been witnessing days of intense clashes between IS and SDF fighters amid bad weather and low visibility.

Trucks began crossing into Jordan from Syria for the first time since the al-Naseeb border passage was closed due to fighting in 2015.

The recapture of Naseeb crossing marked a major victory for Assad's forces, which have been on a winning streak since 2015 when Russian Federation threw its military weight behind Damascus.

Amira Ibrahim, a Syrian Druze woman from a village in the part of the Golan Heights under Israeli control, told Efe that she was very happy that the crossing was reopening, saying it would be a great benefit for all the Druze of the occupied Golan region to be able to regain contact with their families on the other side. The victory in southern Syria signaled the return of his forces to Daraa province where the uprising against him began seven years ago.

The using of the white phosporus munition was confirmed by the local "Euphrates Post" network and the Syrian regime's affiliated media.

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

But its forces were driven out by rebels who took hold of the area and the Quneitra crossing was closed in 2014.

Both ministers did not say when the crossings will be reopened but said it should not take long.

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