Syria reopens 2 border crossings with northern Lebanon closed in May

September 17, 2007 16:53


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Syria on Monday reopened two border crossings with northern Lebanon that were closed in May over alleged security concerns, witnesses and Lebanon's state-run news agency said. The Abboudieh-Dabboussieh border crossings near the northern port city of Tripoli were temporarily closed soon after fighting between al-Qaida-inspired militants and the Lebanese army erupted on May 20 at a nearby Palestinian refugee camp. Syria said at the time that the closure was "to preserve the security" of Syrian and Lebanese citizens on both sides of the border. The reopening followed a visit by north Lebanese delegates to Damascus on Sunday. The delegates met with Syrian Vice President Farouk al-Sharaa to discuss the suffering of residents of north Lebanon as a result of the closure.

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