Iraq Re-Opens Syria Border Crossing to Refugees

By John Lee.

Iraq reportedly reopened its main al-Qaim border crossing with Syria to refugees on Tuesday, having closed it for several weeks, but it continues to deny entry to single men under the age of 50.

A spokesman for the displacement and migration ministry told AFP that 150 people had crossed from Syria on Tuesday.

The restriction on unmarried male Syrians under 50 is apparently aimed at keeping out military-age men who may pose a security threat.

On 7th September, mortar rounds or rockets fired from Syria hit Al-Qaim, killing a young Iraqi girl and wounding four other people.

(Source: AFP)

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