Syria, Jordan Officially Reopen Border Crossing

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Jordan-Syria border to reopen Monday after 3 years

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

As Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has taken more territory inside Syria, normal internal traffic has resumed between most big cities, easing the movement of goods and people and bringing an economic boost in government-held areas.

The agreement said the working hours on both sides of the borders start from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm, and Jordanian citizens are allowed to leave for Syria by their vehicles or as ordinary passengers.

In July, Syrian troops recaptured the crossing, which terrorists had seized in 2015, disrupting the major trade route between Syria and Jordan, Lebanon and oil-rich Persian Gulf countries.

"I now officially announce the opening of the crossing on the Syrian side", a Syrian officer said.

With the help of Russian Federation and Iran-backed militias, the Syrian regime has recently reassumed control of the two crossings following fierce battles with armed opposition groups that had held them for the last three years.

Hundreds of people were taken by the militant Islamic State group fighters from a displacement camp in east Syria during a jihadist counter-attack against advancing US-backed forces, a monitor said on Saturday.

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. The victory in southern Syria signaled the return of his forces to Daraa province where the uprising against him began seven years ago.

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On Monday, Taweel was among a handful of Druze men and dozens of others who attended a ceremony on the Syrian side of the crossing.

Israeli military spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said the United Nations forces took up positions on the Israeli side and redeployed to headquarters on the Syrian side.

Israel captured the Golan Heights, some 1,200 sq.km. from Syria during the 1967 Six Day War, and unilaterally annexed the plateau in 1981. Both countries signed a disengagement agreement in 1974, which led to the establishment of Undof.

Regime forces recaptured the Quneitra area in July.

The U.S. coalition has been backing the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in their push to defeat IS in towns in the eastern countryside of Deir al-Zour.

The Islamic State group stormed a settlement for displaced people in eastern Syria and abducted scores of civilians in the latest attack by the extremists on civilians, a USA -backed Syrian force and a war monitor said on Saturday.

Al-Moallem said Monday the USA -backed Kurdish forces "must decide what they want", and abandon "illusions" they'll get a federal system.

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