Jordan: Syrian war closes export route to Europe

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By JAMAL HALABY, Associated Press

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The head of Jordan's trucking association says that civil war in Syria has closed his country's main export route to Europe and Turkey.

Mohammed Khair al-Daoud says the blocked exports consist mostly of fruit and vegetables. He said Monday that imports of food, clothes, and other goods carried by Kuwaiti, Turkish and Iraqi trucks passing through Syria to Jordan from Turkey also stopped last week.

He says drivers want to avoid centers of unrest in Syria as well as highway bandits, who recently beat a Jordanian truck driver and stripped him of his money.

He says some that Jordanian exports are still being sent to Syria by Syrian truck drivers who collect their cargos on Jordan's side of the border.

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