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Syrian troops celebrate recapture of border crossing

AP  |  Beirut 

Syrian soldiers are celebrating the recapture of the main border crossing with Jordan, raising portraits of Assad and tearing down rebel flags.

Troops captured the Naseeb border crossing a day earlier, after rebels announced they had reached an agreement with Russian mediators to end the violence in the southern province of and surrender the crossing.

State-run Ikhbariya TV showed troops at the crossing Saturday, some flashing victory signs and pumping fists in the air.

One told the TV that troops have taken up positions along the border with and are removing illegal crossing points.

The rebels seized control of the crossing in 2015, severing a lifeline for Syrian exports and disrupting a trade route between and Jordan, and the oil-rich Gulf countries.

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First Published: Sat, July 07 2018. 14:25 IST