Led coalition fires white phosphorus on IS-held area in eastern Syria

US Coalition Strikes Syrian Town Using Banned White Phosphorus - Reports

The Jaber-Nasib crossing between Jordan and Syria reopened first thing Monday morning, with the Quneitra crossing in Israel's Golan Heights following shortly after.

The Observatory said the families are mostly made up of foreign women, including widows of IS members who had been killed earlier in the Syrian war.

The statement comes a few days after the USA -led coalition used white phosphorus ammunition while targeting the town of Hajin, one of the few Islamic State (IS)-held areas in the eastern countryside of Deir al-Zour province.

The Syrian national flag was also raised at the Quneitra crossing with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights at a brief ceremony on Monday morning.

"This was a crucial artery of trade between Jordan and Syria and transit to other countries", said Jordanian government spokeswoman Jumana Ghunaimat.

US-led coalition operations in Syria are not sanctioned by Syrian government, nor the UN.

Al-Ikhbariya said technicians have installed two transmitters to broadcast state television station and Voice of Youth radio, covering the city of Deir el-Zour and surrounding areas.

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Hundreds of people were taken by Daesh (ISIS) fighters from a displacement camp in east Syria during a militant counterattack against advancing US -backed forces, an activist group said Saturday.

On Saturday, Isil militants stormed a settlement for displaced people in Hajin and abducted scores of civilians.

The ISIS terrorist group has abducted as many as 130 families in Syria's eastern Deir ez-Zor Province in its latest atrocities in the Arab country, a UK-based monitoring group says.

SANA said the attack is the not the first one, as USA -led airstrikes used phosphorus ammunition in an attack on Hajin last month.

The Syrian Democratic Forces said in a statement that fighting Friday night in the Hajin camp for displaced persons left 20 IS gunmen and "several" SDF fighters dead. Last month, the coalition denied using the substance in Syria after the Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation issued a report of airstrikes carried out using the internationally-prohibited weapons by US F-15 fighter jets on September 8.

Images appeared on social media of the militants holding at least a couple of men wearing uniforms. Ryan, of the coalition, said he could not confirm whether SDF fighters were taken. In the posting, the militants boasted it has taken Kurdish fighters captive. Deir el-Zour, Syria's oil-rich province, has been scene to fighting between government forces and insurgents since the start of the war in 2011.

Israel seized most of the Golan Heights in the closing stages of the 1967 Middle East War, and thwarted a Syrian attempt to retake it in 1973. But IS has lost most of its self-declared caliphate in Syria and Iraq over the last two years.

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