Humanitarian Crisis Ensues As Border Closure Announced In Northeast Syria

Humanitarian Crisis Ensues As Border Closure Announced In Northeast Syria


Chaos at the Autonomous Administration’s border offices on the Semalka side of the crossing as civilians scramble to cross. (Photo: The Renegade)

Today is the last day for all non-trade civilian crossing until the border of Syria along the Tigris River is sealed off for an indefinite and unknown period of time by the Turkish state-aligned Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP). For the second time in two years the KDP made the decision to close the crossing, citing tensions with the Democratic Union Party (PYD) of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria. Each closure comes with a deteriorating humanitarian situation as communities in the region are stripped of their mobility.

A bus passes by a pontoon bridge at Semalka Border Crossing. (Photo: The Renegade)

Above a Tigris of many invisible borders, one swims in an endless river of vehicles among mothers and children crying, a stream of families descending on the front entrance with hopes of getting across. Many families are left stranded and split apart by the riverine border. Others are desperate to cross it for a wide range of reasons, urgency varying from financial security to life-saving medical care.

Ambulances and medical teams of Heyva Sor a Kurd (Kurdish Red Crescent), the medical structure of the Autonomous Administration, stand at the ready. (Photo: The Renegade)

At the intersection of three nation-states and two autonomous regions, Semalka/Pesh Khabour remains one of the most weaponized border crossings on the planet. Here the Syrian, Turkish, and Iraqi states hover and apply pressure to the self-governing Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria and Kurdistan Regional Government which control the crossing.

Another view of the seemingly endless line of vehicles at Semalka today. (Photo: The Renegade)

A colorful array of state, party, and organization flags can be found on many a building and bureau looming over the river as packed buses cross to and from. The Barzani dynasty of the KDP, which controls the Pesh Khabour half of the crossing, has closed Semalka/Pesh Khabour on multiple occasions under pressure from the Turkish state to keep a hard blockade on Rojava/northeast Syria.

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