Turkey to open border with Syria

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Ankara, June 22 (IANS) Turkey said it will open the Hatay border with Syria during the Muslim festival of Eid ul-Fitr for Syrians in Turkey to return home, the media said on Wednesday.

The border opening will be restricted to Cilvegozu, located close to the Syrian city of Aleppo, Xinhua news agency reported.

The border will open from June 30 till July 5, the first day of the feast during which Muslims celebrate the end of their fast following Ramadan.

Only Syrians in Turkey with a valid passport and those who registered in state-run refugee agencies will be permitted into Syria. Last year, 13,000 Syrians in Turkey travelled home during the festival.



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