DAA issues clarification concerning decision to close Semalka border crossing due to coronavirus

DAYRIK (AL-MALIKIYAH), Syria – The Democratic Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (DAA), announced via its official Facebook page a clarification on its decision to close the Semalka border crossing with northern Iraq.

According to statement, the DAA determined that the Semalka border crossing would be opened on Tuesday of every week for the necessary travel for humanitarian workers, NGOs, U.N. personnel, and all humanitarian organizations wishing to make use of the crossing.

The statement also explained that medical materials and humanitarian aid will only be able to use the Semalka crossing on Tuesdays.

In the event of humanitarian and medical emergencies, such as illness and treatment, arrangements can be made to use the crossing as needed.

On Thursday, the Executive Council of the DAA issued a decision to completely close the Semalka border crossing from the first of March until further notice in order to avoid the spread of Covid-19 (coronavirus) to DAA administered areas.