'Azzun 'Atma, Mon 31.8.09, Morning

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Rina Z, Niva D. (reporting), Chana S. translating


‘Azzun ‘Atma, Monday 31.8.09, morning

  05.40    At the southern gate 20 workers waiting for transport.  The checkpoint is empty.

05.55    At the northern gate, car entrance: the drivers get out of cars and enter on foot, leave their documents with the soldiers and then fetch their cars.

About 10 workers are at the pedestrian entrance. A taxi driver who brought us back to the south checkpoint tells us that only workers for the three settlements Elkana, Ganei Tikvah and Etz Ephraim, are allowed entry.  According to him there are far fewer workers because of Ramadan and also conditions have been eased.

06.10    At the southern checkpoint, there are 5 workers.