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For humanitarian reasons | Civil Administration in Deir ez-Zor to reopen Al-Salhiya crossing linking SDF-held areas to areas held by regime and Iranian militias

The Civil Administration in Deir ez-Zor decided to open Al-Salhiya crossing, which links SDF-held areas to areas held by the regime and Iranian militias in Deir ez-Zor countryside, several months after it was closed.

According to Syrian Observatory sources, the reopening of the crossing by the Civil Administration for humanitarian reasons and to facilitate the passage of people between the two areas.

The crossing will be open from Saturday, January 16, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Civilians use river ferries to cross the Euphrates River, which separates areas of control between regime forces and Iranian militias on the southern bank on the one hand, and SDF-held areas on the other. River ferries are used to smuggling, and are also homemade with a capacity of three to ten tons.

The purchase and sale of goods in the SDF-held areas are supervised by traders directly linked to traders with close ties to regime forces such as Al-Taqraji, while tribal persons from the area supervise the operation of the crossings from the east, while most of the crossings at the western side are under the control of the 4th Division.

These operations continue despite the repeated SDF’s security campaigns, but those responsible for these crossings have managed to form a huge network of relationships that have ensured their continued presence and work, where constant bribes are being paid to the regime forces, SDF and the Islamic State cells.

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