Barta'a-Reihan, Tura-Shaked

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Leah R. and Hana H. - Marcia L., Translation

05:55 – 07:30

05:55 - Barta’a-Reihan Checkpoint
We are not able to go down to the lower parking lot but we see that the line to enter the checkpoint was very long and winds around to the main road.  The workers who already went through and left to the Seamline Zone, complain that the entrance to the terminal is by small groups and the passage is slow.  Indeed, we counted about 30 people in each group and the interval between them was long.

06:15 – The condition changes; now the turnstile allows passage each time of groups of 300 people and the turnstile stops only to allow an army vehicle on the security road.  Is there a change of shift in guards?  Does our presence cause the change?  It is quiet in the terminal itself; 6 inspection windows are working.  At the same time, few people passed through from the Seamline Zone in the direction of the West Bank.

06:30 – A group of 200 people entered and the line outside became somewhat smaller.  In continuation, between 50-100 people enter.  The complaint of those who pass through is that lately, the slow passage in the morning happens frequently.

06:55 – Tura-Shaked Checkpoint
The checkpoint is open.  On the way to the checkpoint we saw workers on their way to work.  Cars pass quickly to the Seamline Zone.

07:10 – School children begin to arrive and pass through without delays.  Because of the renovations that were done in the south-eastern part of the checkpoint, children who live in the only home nearby, have to make a detour through the fields in order to arrive at the checkpoint and school.