The Syrian Government last week (February 26) reopened its borders to allow shipments of Jordanian phosphates to pass through on route to Turkey, Yugoslavia and other countries.
GV Rusaifa Phosphate Mine
GV Part of machinery at mine (2 shots)
MV & CU Truck being loaded with phosphates (2 shots)
GV Railway trucks
MVs, SVs & GV Railway wagons loaded with phosphate (5 shots)
CU Sign outside plant
GV & SVs Sacks being filled with phosphates, stitched up and loaded onto trucks
LV Trucks and CU Sign at Ramtha Customs (2 shots)
GV Trucks through Customs (Jordanian)
GV, CU & MV Truck at Syrian check-point and away
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Background: The Syrian Government last week (February 26) reopened its borders to allow shipments of Jordanian phosphates to pass through on route to Turkey, Yugoslavia and other countries.
The decision reverses one taken last summer (July 25) when Syria closed the border with Jordan as a protest against the Jordanian Government's attitude to the Palestinian resistance movement.
Phosphate is a major Jordanian industry, expected to provide a yearly income from now on of more than 12-million Jordan Dinars--roughly 12-million pounds.
Cameraman George Haj shot this film on the first day that lorries started moving phosphates across the border after last week's decision.
SYNOPSIS: The phosphate mines at Rusaifa, a few miles northeast of Amman, where output is expected to reach new high levels following an important decision last week by the Syrian Government.
Last summer Syria closed its border with Jordan as a protest against the Jordanian Government's attitude to the Palestinian resistance movement. The action stopped the valuable passage of Jordanian phosphate shipments to Turkey, Yugoslavia and other countries. Last week Syria reopened the border to allow the lorries and rail trucks to pass through again.
Phosphates for Jordan are rather like oil to many other countries. The 1970 total production of nearly one-million tons was five times the 1956 figure. And starting in 1973, yearly income from phosphates is expected to top 12-million Jordanian Dinars--roughly 12-million pounds--given stable conditions.
Syria's decision to re-admit Jordanian shipments is important for the industry: the exports already have an average value of three-million Jordanian Dinars--about three-million pounds--a year, and plans are already laid by the Natural Resource Authority to survey the whole of Jordan in search of more phosphate beds suitable for mining. These lorries, filmed on Monday, were the first to cross the border since the Syrian Government reopened the frontier.