"Turkey has closed its Cilvegözü border gate with Syria after nine Turkish trucks were burned and several others were looted after Syrian opposition forces seized control of two border gates last week. Meanwhile, the Free Syrian Army (FSA), an armed opposition group composed mainly of defected Syrian soldiers, on Sunday captured a third border gate with Turkey. The FSA captured two other border crossings, Bab al-Hawa and Jarablus, on Thursday. The decision to close the border gate came after a security meeting, chaired by the governor of the border province of Hatay, Mehmet Celalettin Lekesiz, on Saturday. The meeting was convened after it emerged that nine Turkish trucks had been burned near the Bab al-Hawa border gate. A Turkish driver, identified as Ahmet Yılmaz, has been taken captive. Turkish officials said on Sunday that the driver safely arrived in Turkey, without elaborating. Of 30 trucks, 19 had been returned to their owners. An estimated further nine were burned out, and the rest were still being held inside Syria, Lekesiz told reporters after the meeting. The question of who is responsible for the looting, however, is yet to be answered. The governor has blamed “independent groups” involved in smuggling activities for the looting and burning of the Turkish trucks, while truck drivers complained of the FSA, saying its fighters destroyed the Turkish trucks and have done nothing to stop the looting. “We assess that the incidents of looting and burning were carried out by independent groups that live on smuggling and other [illegal] acts,” the governor said."