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Iraq shuts border crossing point with Syria: Iraqi security source

English.news.cn   2013-03-03 23:50:47            

MOSUL, Iraq, March 3 (Xinhua) -- The Iraqi security forces blocked on Sunday a border crossing point with Syria, a day after the Syria rebels seized the other side of the crossing from the Syrian governmental troops, an Iraqi security source said.

"The Iraqi security forces were ordered to block Al-Yaroubiyah border crossing point until further notice, because the Syrian government has lost control of the other side," a security source at the Iraqi town of Rabiea, close to the border crossing, told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The Iraqi security forces shut the border crossing with concrete blocks and deployed in the town of Rabiea, the source added.

On Saturday, the source told Xinhua that the Syrian opposition forces took control of the border crossing point with Iraq's northern province of Nineveh following fierce clashes with the Syrian army.

"Fighters from the Syrian opposition raised the flag of the Syrian Free Army on the government buildings on the Syrian side of Al-Yaroubiyah border crossing point after fierce clashes with the Syrian army," the source said.

According to the source, the Iraqi security forces at the border point allowed receiving a wounded Syrian army officer and a number of wounded soldiers for treatment inside Iraq for humanitarian reasons.

The source noted that a Syrian soldier died Sunday after receiving treatment for his wounds at a hospital in Nineveh province, while five other wounded soldiers are still receiving treatment under tight security measures.

The border crossing was previously under the control of the rebel groups in July 2012, before the government army recaptured it again.

Iraq has nearly 600 km borderline with Syria. The border crossings had witnessed closure in history when crises intensified on either side.

Editor: yan
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