May 29, 2023

The administration of the Bab al-Hawa international border crossing between Syria and Turkey announced the closure of the crossing to the movement of patients, people with cold cases, and travelers to and from Turkey.

This came according to the statement, which was published on the official website of the crossing, on Tuesday evening

The statement indicated that starting today, Wednesday, September 23, and until further notice, the crossing will be closed to the movement of travelers, regardless of their status.

He added that the closure will be temporary due to the procedures followed by the Turkish side regarding the Corona virus crisis.

The statement pointed out that as for the commercial and relief truck traffic, it will continue to operate as usual.

On the other hand, the Bab al-Hawa border crossing administration responded to the statements of the United Nations Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Mark Lowcock, during the UN Security Council session regarding the situation in Syria on September 16th.

In a statement issued on September 17th, the administration denied Lowcock’s statements, totally and in detail, in which he had touched on the file of entering UN aid convoys through the crossing, claiming that there are great challenges on the Syrian side, including the delay in the entry of the convoys or their return to the Turkish side.

The administration confirmed that since the resumption of the entry of UN aid after the issuance of the Security Council’s decision to extend the mechanism for the entry of cross-border aid into Syria from the Bab al-Hawa crossing last July, it has made every effort to facilitate the movement of convoys to the liberated areas in northwestern Syria.

The Bab al-Hawa crossing administration noted that it had recently completed a project for the maintenance and paving of the road connecting from the Bab al-Hawa crossing to the Ghazawiya crossing, with the aim of facilitating the movement of UN convoys towards the areas of the Euphrates Shield and the Olive Branch.

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