Turkey has officially opened a new border crossing to the northwestern Syrian city of Afrin to speed up the delivery of humanitarian aid there, and it has been operational since November 8, Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan said Friday (Nov. 9), DS reported.
Pekcan said that the gate would be named "Olive Branch" after cross-border counterterrorism operation which was launched on Jan. 20 this year.
Turkey Customs and Trade Ministry and the Hatay Governor office in southern Turkey previously announced that they had agreed to open the gate near the village of Hamam in Kumlu district.
There are 10 land (seven permanent, three temporary) and three rail customs gates exist between Turkey. As of December 2017, seven customs gates are in operation, whereas three land crossings (Kapıkoy, Esendere and Uzumcu gates to Iran) and three rail gates (Islahiye, Cobanbey, Nusaybin crossings to Syria) remain closed.