6:05 Rihan checkpoint
Many workers come out of the sleeve and get on their transportation to work. All complain of the extreme crowding by the X-Ray machine. "It's the same all week long". We are under the impression that lately more people are going to work while the activity at the checkpoint has not adapted to this change.
When we arrive at the terminal we notice a long line in front of the only two open windows and the confusion is great. Passage time varies, apparently due to identification difficulties in the biometric machine (fingerprints). One of those coming out reported spending one hour inside.
6:50– Pressure subsides but there is still heavy crowding by the windows.
7:00 Shaked-Tura checkpoint
The gates on the Seam Line zone side are open and schoolchildren, who have just arrived, go inside and wait for their transportation at the exit to the West Bank, where the gate is still closed.
At 7:05 Two soldiers arrive in a military vehicle and open the gate to the West bank. Soldiers who man the checkpoint take their time and stroll to their positions at 7:15. The teacher is the first one to cross, at 7:20. Later all is in place and pedestrians as well as vehicles cross on both sides.