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Jordan closes border with Syria amid heavy clashes


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BEIRUT (AP) -- Jordan has closed the only functioning border crossing with Syria following heavy clashes on the Syrian side between rebels and government forces.

Jordanian government spokesman Mohammed al-Momani says the Nasib crossing was closed late Tuesday because of clashes nearby.

A Wednesday statement by Syria's foreign ministry says it holds Jordanian authorities responsible for "obstructing the movement of trucks and passengers and any ensuing economic or social repercussions."

A spokesman for rebels in southern Syria, Issam al-Rayess, confirmed that rebel fighters were trying to take control of the border crossing from Syrian authorities.

The Nasib crossing is the only functioning crossing between Jordan and Syria and is considered a crucial gateway for Syria's government and for both Syrian and Lebanese traders and merchants.

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