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Syrian border closure deals blow to Jordan economy

The Free Syrian Army has taken over the strategic border crossing of Nasib, a main trade route between Jordan and Syria, pushing the Jordanian government to seek alternative transport options and export markets.
A member of Jordanian security walks near the main Jaber border crossing in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, April 2, 2015, as smoke rises on the Syrian side after violence broke out near the border. Jordan said it had temporarily closed its border crossing with Syria on Wednesday because of violence on the other side of the frontier, a move it described as a precautionary measure. Mainstream Syrian rebels seized the Nasib border crossing with Jordan from the Syrian government on Wednesday, the leader of one o
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JABAR, Jordan — What remains of the swarm of truck convoys that used to dot the key crossing between Jordan and Syria is a parking lot of stranded truckers, clueless as to what will happen next.

Fauzi Abdul Nabi, a representative from the First Army, a southern Free Syrian Army (FSA) faction, told Al-Monitor that moderate rebels fighting the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad took control of the crucial border post of Nasib in Syria on April 1, after the president’s troops withdrew from the area.

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