Cars began trickling across Syria's southern Naseeb border crossing with Jordan on Monday morning as the crossing partially opened for the first time in more than three years, signaling initial steps towards "normalization" between Amman and Damascus.
The rebels withdrew from Quneitra in July of this year after the Russians reached a deal with the Israeli side for restoring the situation in Quneitra to the pre-Syrian wartime and reviving the treaty of 1974 that ended the Yom Kippur war and designated the lines of separation between Israel and Syria. By 11:15 a.m., the reporter had seen no traffic at the border other than one Syrian businessman and a group of Jordanian traders who crossed to the Syrian side. Rebels seized the crossing in 2015, disrupting a major trade route between Syria and Jordan, Lebanon and oil-rich Gulf countries.
Northwest of Nassib, on the Golan Heights, a Syrian government flag was raised above the only crossing from Syria into Israeli-controlled territory.
The Syrian government plans to escort media to the crossing Monday. Syrian government forces recaptured the passage in August, but lengthy procedural discussions delayed the crossing's official reopening until Monday.
Israel captured the Golan Heights in the 1967 war.
Syria state TV says the government's terrestrial station has resumed broadcasting to the eastern city of Deir el-Zour and surrounding areas for the first time in seven years.
Government forces, aided by Russian aircraft and allied militia, chased Isil fighters out of the city and most of the western banks of the Euphrates river previous year.
The statement comes a few days after the US -led coalition used white phosphorus ammunition while targeting the town of Hajin, one of the few Islamic State (IS)-held areas in the eastern countryside of Deir al-Zour province.
Local networks in Deir ez-Zor have posted images of the flyers today, Saturday (October 13), which said: "The US-led coalition will soon conduct purification operations [.]".
A number of fighters of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) died trying to defend the camp in a battle that lasted several hours, the Britain-based monitoring group said.
After Syria's civil war started, however, there were violations of the ceasefire with the escalation of military activity in the area of separation patrolled by Undof.