Bethlehem (300), Tue 17.9.13, Morning

D, R reporting

At 6:40 am the hall before the last check is crowded with people.  Four checking stations are open.  A soldier stands with the metal door open glancing at the permits and people pass through the door swiftly.  The head policeman joins him and in a few minutes the hall is empty.  Slowly the hall fills up again.  This time the policeman comes out to let people through the open door.  We discover that the Humanitarian line is not open.  The guard calls about it for us and discovers that while it was open, the soldier in charge of it left early.  By 7:20 AM, everyone has passed.