Turkey Reopens Iraq Border Crossing

By John Lee.

The Habur border crossing between Iraq and Turkey has reopened on a limited basis on Tuesday, but with only 1,250 vehicles being allowed to through each day, according to Today’s Zaman.

Turkey had closed the crossing on 14th December due to ongoing clashes between Turkish security forces and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), leaving thousands of cargo trucks stranded along both sides of the border.

Bülent Tüfenkçi (pictured), the Turkish minister of customs and trade, told media that “only 500 vehicles will be allowed to drive over the border from Turkey to Iraq and 750 vehicles will be permitted to enter Turkey from Iraq.

He added that as many as 13,500 trucks were waiting at the Habur gate, with 9,500 of them held up in Iraq, unable to cross into Turkey.

A sizeable part of our exports, $8.5 billion worth, went through this gate in 2015. Exporters in İstanbul and eastern and southeastern Turkey send their goods to Iraq via this gate,” the minister added.

(Source: Today’s Zaman)

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