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New crossing aims to restore Aleppo’s economic status

Civilians and traders in northern Syria hope commercial activities will resume there now that the Abu al-Zandeen crossing is open, linking regime-controlled territory to Turkish-backed opposition areas for the first time.
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AL-BAB, Syria — Vehicles have regained access to the highway linking the city of Aleppo, Syria’s economic capital, to opposition-controlled al-Bab in northern Aleppo province.

The regime has controlled all of Aleppo city since December 2016, while the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA) controls al-Bab.

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