Reihan, Shaked, Sat 2.5.09, Morning
7:30 - Shaked-Tura checkpoints
Until 08:05 the bustle calms down and we leave.
8:15 - Rihan Barta'a checkpoint.
5 vans wait for passengers at the upper car park area. A yellow cab arrives and "steals" from them 11 passengers despite his licesen that permits 7 passengers only. Van drivers protest loudely and worn the driver from the police. "now he'd drive to Barta'a in a speed of 160, 170 (kph) to be back to drive more workers while we have no livelihood". But at this time even the vans fill up.
From the sleeve to the terminal a yellow cab is observed by the inspection booth at the gate leading to the West Bank. Young women wait by it.
3 more cars are behind the line. On the other side, at the vehicles' inspection platform, there are two cars and a tractor with a wagon.
A soldier sitting in the lookout above the sleeve, greets us, praises our dedication for coming over even on the Sabbath and points out the important activity that we do, in his opinion.
Inside the terminal we observe a long line to the window but it desperses in less than ten minutes.
From 8:33 to 8:36 twenty people had gone through.
8:38 - 5 people wait at the entrance in front of the window. Priority is given to those going into the Seam Line zone.They cross over in 4 minutes.