'Anabta, Eyal, Irtah (Sha'ar Efrayim), Qalqiliya, Tue 9.6.09, Afternoon
No checkpoint and cars go through freely.
Deir Sharaf (The barrel checkpoint)
Soldiers sit and the guard post but do not stop cars.
The soldiers do not stop crs and told us that the checkpoint is there to stop Israelis going in and also contraband being smuggled through.
At 4.30 there is no pressure and the time from entering to exiting was 7-8 minutes.
A woman asked our help. Her family had gone to a wedding in Israel. All had permits except for her small nieces who had not been allowed through and were still on the Palestinian side. We phoned the humanitarian centre but even before we had finished the conversation the girls went through.
At 5:30 there is no crowding. Passage time 2-3 minutes.