Drivers of commercial trailer trucks strand at the Nasib crossing, that has been closed since Tuesday, in the town of Jaber, north of Mafraq, Jordan, Thursday, April 2, 2015. Syrian rebels and fighters from the al-Qaida-affiliated Nusra Front have captured the only functioning border crossing with Jordan and three nearby military posts, prompting intense government bombing raids of the area, activists said Thursday. The Jordanian government had closed the crossing since Tuesday night for security reasons.

Several Lebanese truck drivers were able to cross to Lebanon on Sunday after being stranded for four days along the Syrian-Jordanian border.

Media reports said six truck drivers, who were trapped at the Jordanian Nasib crossing, were able to cross the al-MAsnaa border crossing in the eastern Bekaa Valley.

State-run National News Agency said later a number of Lebanese truck drivers are also stranded on the Saudi-Jordanian border.

“They urged the Lebanese government and Saudi authorities to provide a ferry or ship to return them to Lebanon along with their trucks, after the Nasib border crossing between Jordan and Syria was closed,” NNA said.

“The drivers said they no longer have enough money to survive after they ran out of food, and that they are suffering a very difficult situation on the Saudi border,” the agency added.

It noted that the deadline for the trucks’ departure from Saudi territory was nearing and that they would be “fined” if they didn’t leave on time.

The truckers called on the Lebanese government to “exert quick efforts to return them home along with their trucks,” the agency said.

 

AFP

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