Reihan, Shaked, Sat 19.12.09, Morning
Shaked-Tura Checkpoint, 07:40-08:15
There is very little traffic in either direction. Only one person is waiting to go through from the West Bank to the seamline zone and the soldiers close the gates and declare a break for breakfast. This is a procedure that we are not familiar with. We ask the Liaison and Coordination Administration if there are new arrangements and receive an answer that if there is a long line we should call them again. Meanwhile two youths arrive from the seamline zone, apparently they know the regulations well and wait a distance from the gate until it opens. After a quarter of an hour the gate opens and the little traffic there is continues without delay.
There is constant flow of traffic in both directions. People passing through say that the passage is quick. It seems that there are fewer people going back and forth than usual on Saturdays. There were no delays at the vehicle checkpoint either.