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Al-Yaʿrubiya: Syrian army reclaims border crossing

KURDWATCH, August 6, 2012—On July 21, 2012, Free Syrian Army units captured the most important border crossing between Iraq and Syria's Kurdish regions near al‑Yaʿrubiyah (Tel Koçer), eighty kilometers east of al‑Qamischli. In the early morning of July 22, the Syrian army, equipped with tanks and helicopters, was able to reclaim the city, which is home to Kurds and Arabs, as well as the border crossing. Numerous activists were arrested, homes were searched, and businesses were looted. In the days that followed, dozens of families left their homes, finding refuge in the surrounding towns and cities.


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