BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – The Iraqi authorities have closed their northeastern border with Syria following the start of the Turkish military operation, the Arabic-language site Al-Sumaria TV reported, citing an Iraqi government.

According to Al-Sumaria TV, the Iraqi Ministry of Immigration reported that all border points near the combat operations in Syria will remain closed until further notice.

“All land border points close to the hostilities are currently closed with Syria due to the entry of Turkish troops and because of the security situation that has permeated the crisis,” the Iraqi news channel reported.

The border posts in question are the ones that link Iraq’s Al-Anbar Governorate with Syria’s Al-Hasakah Governorate; this area was previously contested by the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) before their defeat at Mosul.

The Syrian government has yet to issue any statement regarding the newly announced ceasefire in northern Syria; they have previously condemned the Turkish military operation and demanded the latter’s immediate withdrawal from the country.

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