Jaba (Lil), Qalandiya, Mon 18.3.13, Afternoon

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Natanya G. and Phyllis W. (reporting)

We arrived at Qalandiya CP at 3:50 PM.  Two passageways were active as well as the DCO passage, there were no lines.

An ambulance drove up to the CP from the direction of Ramallah and parked in the northern square because the traffic didn't allow the driver to get closer to the CP.  We saw a Jerusalem ambulance waiting for him at the other side of the CP, so we went and directed traffic to clear a path for the Ramallah ambulance to enter the CP where he was told to wait by the security personnel.  We positioned ourselves close to the fence to see what was happening and one of the security personnel began to shout at us to move away from the fence.  When we didn't move, he came over to see who we were.  We told him that we were checking to see how much time it took for the ambulance to get through the CP.  The fellow turned around and returned to the ambulance, sending it on its way immediately.

At about 4:30 PM Natanya saw that a long line had developed in one of the passageways while the soldiers in the second passageway were sitting idle.  She phoned the hotline and was answered by Meital who quickly solved the problem.

On our way back to Jerusalem at 5 PM we saw that the "cubicles" usually occupied by soldiers at the Jabba/Lil CP were both of them empty.  We asked three little Bedouin kids who were shepherding their sheep nearby where the soldiers were and they pointed at the watchtower beyond the CP.  We saw no soldiers.  The children looked very sad and suspicious.  We called them over to come and get some candy from Natanya's store of goodies and the oldest approached reluctantly. Only when his hands were full of sweets for himself and his brothers did a huge grin break out on his face.