Iraqis flood across Syrian border ahead of proposed visa restrictions

September 20, 2007 20:32


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Afraid of proposed new visa restrictions, Iraqis flooded into Syria at 10 times their normal numbers earlier this month until the measures were postponed, a Syrian customs official said Thursday. More then 20,000 Iraqis were pouring across the borders every day, compared to only 2,000 a day normally, starting on September 1, when Syria announced that visas would be required to enter the country, the official told reporters touring the remote Tanaf desert border crossing, 275 kilometers (170 miles) northeast of Damascus.

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