Turkey opens border with Syria, excluding Kurdish areas

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Bab al-Hawa border crossing in Aleppo province. File photo

ARA News

Hasakah, Syria – The Department of Bab al-Hawa Crossing in the province of Aleppo, northern Syria, announced in a statement on Wednesday that the Turkish authorities decided to allow Syrians residing on its territory to enter Syria for a week starting from Thursday.

The statement said that the Department of Bab al-Hawa – Kellis decided to allow Syrians living in Turkey and holding either Turkish staying permits or registration papers at refugee camps to enter the Syrian territory for a week starting from Thursday morning.

“The decision included all the crossings on the Syrian-Turkish border adjacent to the provinces of Raqqa, Idlib, and Aleppo,” the statement read.

One of the Syrians who are standing at the entrance gate told ARA News on the phone that the Crossing Department told them they could carry with them various materials to inside the Syrian territory, as well as from Syria to the Turkish territory, with the exception of arms, pointing out that the entry into Turkey is limited to the Syrians who carry proved documents issued by Turkish official bodies.

The source added that the Syrians who carry referrals from Turkish hospitals and officially stamped could enter Turkey, while the Syrians who only have Syrian identity cards could not cross into Turkey, “because the Turkish authorities do not recognize these Syrian identities as official”.

In a linked context, a number of activists in areas with a Kurdish majority population stated to ARA News that Turkey’s decision to open its crossings did not include these areas (Syrian Kurdish areas at Turkish borders) where the main crossings in the area are completely closed to the movement of civilians, including crossings of Ras al-Ain – Jeylan Pinar, Qamishli – Nusaybin, Derbassiyah  and Kobanî (Ain al-Arab).

 

Reporting by: Jiwan Ibrahim

Source: ARA News

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