Bethlehem, Thu 6.8.09, Morning

Rachel F., Nora B. (reporting)

5:20 AM, Bethlehem - Rachel's Crossing:  when we arrive, we see that people have already crossed the checkpoint. 5 checking posts are open.. There are long queues, but people pass quickly. After 6:00, from time to time, the crossing from the Palestinian side, is stopped – we do not know the reason.


An Italian couple tell us that they started the queue on the Palestinian side at 4:30 and got to the Israeli side only at 6:00; queues and pressure on the Palestinian side are great.


Towards 7:00, still are people crossing but without pressure.