Lebanon has permenently closed the military lane, next to the Masnaa border crossing.
The crossing was used by Syrian and Lebanese officials, the army, and senior businessmen. Always seen as a symbol of corruption in the Syrian-Lebanese relationship, many will be pleased to see the special crossing’s demise.
Officials with military lane permits were able to cross between the two countries without going through any passport or customs checks (Lebanese and Syrian nations don’t need visas or passports to cross the border anyway, they can cross on their ID card).
The permits were given as tokens of appreciation by officials, and were available to buy for $2000.