After 35 days closure | Iraq Kurdistan authorities reopen “Simalkah” crossing
Al-Hasakah province: SOHR activists have reported that Simalkah border crossing with Iraq Kurdistan region will be reopened on Monday January 24.
According to sources, the crossing will operate normally with current commercial movements, humanitarian conditions, patients and visits.
According to reliable sources in Iraq Kurdistan region, camps were removed from the vicinity of the crossing in preparation for its reopening.
We at SOHR welcome the reopening of the crossing after closure for 35 days since the middle of December.
Reliable SOHR sources reported that Autonomous Administration areas in north and east Syria are witnessing a crisis of storing food commodities as residents are panic buying and stockpiling essentials like sugar, vegetable oil, margarine, rice, and canned food, and other supplies fearing these commodities would become unavailable on the market as a result of the government of Kurdistan Regional of Iraq (KRI) closure of Semalka crossing (Fish Khabur), which is the only humanitarian crossing that links north Syrian with the KRI areas.
SOHR documented long queues of a large number of residents and for long hours in front of the consuming institutions to buy food commodities.