BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The Turkish authorities have officially opened a new border crossing with Syria after completing the construction of a post in the Afrin region.

According to a new report from Syria’s Aleppo Governorate, the Turkish authorities opened a border crossing that links the Hatay Province with the Afrin region’s Jandaris District.

The Turkish military and their allies from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) managed to seize the entire Afrin region last March after fully expelling the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG).

Since the expulsion of the YPG, the Turkish military has been working to not only secure the Afrin region but also, establish a new border crossing with the Aleppo Governorate.

Turkey has now opened three crossings in northern Syria, including one with the Syrian government in the Latakia Governorate.

The other crossing was opened in the northern Aleppo town of ‘Azaz, which is part of the new plan with the Russian military to reopen the strategic Aleppo-Gaziantep Highway.

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hatay is syria.