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Crossing opens to help rebuild Syria, boost commerce with Turkey

With the opening of al-Rai border crossing in northern Aleppo, authorities there hope to develop trade activities with Turkey and later allow travelers to move freely between the two countries.

ALEPPO, Syria — Syria's al-Rai border crossing with Turkey has opened for business and is bustling. The roads are paved, there's an administration building and prefabricated halls for truck inspections line each side of the yard.

The crossing lies a little more than half a mile northeast of al-Rai, a small town in northern Aleppo governorate. The local council announced the opening Dec. 16. Attending the ceremony were Seljuk Aslan, deputy governor of the southern Turkish city of Kilis, and Imad al-Din Khamis, deputy head of al-Rai local council and director of the border crossing, as well as representatives of the opposition-affiliated Syrian Interim Government, which now controls the crossing.

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