The Gulf War between Iran and Iraq is having serious effects on road movements between Turkey and Iran -- creating a constant traffic jam at the border post of Gurbulak.
GV Long line of trucks, and people with baggage at Turkey/Iran border post at Gurbulak, Turkey. (2 SHOTS)
SV Lorries passing through checkpoint into Iran.
SV More people with baggage arriving at checkpoint.
SV Lorries passing through checkpoint.
CU Woman speaking in English about war while trucks and busses continue to arrive at border post. (3 SHOTS)
SV Man speaking in French.
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 5: WOMAN: "I think it's ridiculous this war that's going on because it's ruining our country and Arab countries as well. And I think it should end as soon as possible, and we have to show ourselves. We have to show the suffering to the Americans, to the people in Europe, and I think it was a good movement.
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Background: The Gulf War between Iran and Iraq is having serious effects on road movements between Turkey and Iran -- creating a constant traffic jam at the border post of Gurbulak. Thousands of people trying to cross in both directions are being held up for days at a time.
SYNOPSIS: Gurbulak, once a quiet border post, is now a bustling transit centre. All available ground transport form Turkey into Iran has been fully reserved for weeks, particularly since Iran lost the use of its main civilian port at Khorramshahr. Each day hundreds of trucks, buses and cars queue up in Gurbulak, seriously delaying badly needed food and medical supplies.
The overland route is also being used by foreigners trying to leave Iran and by former exiles trying to return. Like this woman they find plenty of time to discus the war during their long wait at the border.
This traveller expressed the view that there was no problem and no war between the people of Iraq and Iran. He said it was a war of Iran against the United States and the Soviet Union. He said Iraq, backed by the two countries, was using American policies and Soviet arms. Another traveller described Gurbulak as something like the wild west during the gold rush with trucks and people headed in both directions -- all in a hurry.