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Autonomous Administration opens Semalka border crossing following days of closure, Northeastern Syria

Editing: Amena Riyad |
TranslationEditor: Farah Nassif |
Translation: Muhammad Ghaith
Publication date: 2019/01/23 21:22

Al-Hasakah - SMART

On Wednesday, Iraqi Kurdistan government repaired the bridge in the Semalka border crossing connecting the area to the al-Hasakah governorate, Northeastern Syria. Moving between sides of the crossing was resumed following days of closure.  

Shirzad Othman, the spokesperson for the Semalka crossing, stated that the Iraqi Kurdistan government replaced the old bridge with a new one due to the poor technical conditions. Othman added that the government ran the bridge and that the first bus crossed the border following ten days of closure.

Civilians moved from al-Hasakah to Iraqi Kurdistan by boats at the time of the bridge’ maintenance. The trade activity was moved to the al-Waleed (al-Suwaydiyah) crossing.  

The Autonomous Administration agreed with the Iraqi Kurdistan government to open the al-Suwaydiyah crossing to enter large shipments to Northeastern Syria. Othman said that they dedicated the crossing for entering iron and cement.

Three border crossings connect Northeastern Syria to Iraqi Kurdistan. The crossings are the al-Suwaydiyah, al-Ya’rubiyah, and Semalka, which was closed by the Iraqi authorities on the background of announcing federalism in Northeastern Syria in 2016. The markets run out of food due to closing the crossing; however, the Iraqi Kurdistan government reopened the crossing in June 2018.