Syria reopens border crossing with Lebanon

July 4, 2007 17:47


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Syrian authorities reopened a border crossing with Lebanon on Wednesday, two weeks after closing it reportedly for security reasons, Lebanese officials said. The Qaa-Jousseh crossing in the northeast was reopened to traffic in both directions around 2 p.m., a senior Lebanese security official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. There was no immediate comment from Syria. Syria had said the June 20 closure, which came as Lebanon's army clashed with militants in a Palestinian refugee camp near the northern city of Tripoli, was a precautionary security measure. Syrian authorities had closed the two other crossings with northern Lebanon at the beginning of the clashes in May.

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