Abu Dis, Container (Wadi Nar), Ras Abu Sbitan (Olive Terminal), Thu 27.8.09, Morning

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Ora A., Michaela R. (reporting)

5:45 Olive Terminal

Many crossing -- the lines inside are full.   But despite the large numbers of people, passage is orderly, quiet and fast.


6:20  Wadi Nar

A long line of vehicles from the direction of  Bethlehem, which gradually diminished.

Checkpoint innovations:  we observed three  trucks turned back to Bethlehem.  In one case it was a matter of the vehicle's "test"  (licensing procedure).  And we thought the purpose of the checkpoints was security, with the Palestinian police left to deal with transportation issues in Palestinian teritory, but it seems we were wrong.

Transits were detained, mostly for a few minutes.

A commercial vehicle headed for Bethlehem was carefully inspected, all its cargo disassembled -- a prolonged and tiresome process.