Reihan, Shaked, Wed 21.10.09, Morning

Observers: 
Nava R., Chedva H. (reporting)
Oct-21-2009
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Morning

09:45 - 10:00 Shaked Tura checkpoint
Normal activity. There are few vehicles on both sides, a few women walk from the Seam Line zone in the direction of the checkpoint. Others, on the opposite side of the road, pick up leftover olives.

A small donkey and its young rider arrive from the Seam Line zone. For some reason the donkey undergoes a thorough inspection until it is approved for passing.


10:10 - 11:15 Rihan-Barta'a checkpoint

Many vehicles are parked at the Palestinian car park area. All appear to be of residents of the West Bank who come to work in Barta'a. There is only one taxi/van whose driver makes great efforts to fill it up with passengers who come out of the terminal on their way to Jenin.

Four vehicles with produce, which we saw at the vehicles' inspection area, left the inspection post after about 40 minutes.
Later, around 11:00 about seven vehicles with produce had entered the inspection post. We haven't seen when they came out.

Pedestrians arrive bit by bit, mostly from the West Bank on their way to Barta'a.
Shortly after 10:30, 11 people arrive together hurrying to open the unlocked gate to enter the terminal, but the female soldier whom we can not see inside the inspection booth calls out loud in Arabic in the loud speaker , that they should back off and not enter. Why can't they lock up the gate on time rather than send back people who had already entered?

After about two minutes she called them back to enter.


Two women come out of the terminal going in the direction of the West Bank, We want to know how long it took them to go through, one of them signals with her hand " 5 minutes".


All and all - normal activity.