BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The Turkish authorities have announced the reopening of their southeastern border crossing after a long hiatus due to the war in Syria.
According to the state-owned Anadolu Agency, Turkey has made the decision to reopen the Oncupinar border crossing after permanently closing it to the public in 2011.
“According to information obtained by Anadolu Agency, 50 trucks crossed to Syria through the gate in the last few hours,” the state-owned news site said.
While it has been temporarily opened before for holidays, Turkey has refused to keep the crossing open to the public because of safety reasons.
“When I used the Cobanbey customs gate in southeastern Turkey, it took four hours to reach Syria’s Azaz province, but now it takes only 15 minutes via Oncupinar,” truck driver Serdar Tohumcu told the Anadolu Agency.