Today we found the CP in its usual afternoon desolation. Only 2 passageways were active and even they were empty. A young man was waiting in the DCO passageway and became quite upset when the soldier told him that the DCO was already closed (and this before 4 PM). The fellow pointed at all the signs proclaiming that the DCO was open until 5 PM, but the soldier insisted that there was no one in the DCO today. In the end the young man, who needed a permit to reach his place of work in Baqa El-Garbiyeh accepted defeat and went to try his luck at the DCO offices in Bet El.
At 4 PM, Passageway 1 shut down leaving only one active passageway. And of course, just then, people on their way to Jerusalem began to arrive. Passageway 4 filled up, but the soldiers on duty dealt with them efficiently and the line moved fairly quickly. After a short while Passageway 1 reopened.
We left the CP at 4:45 PM feeling that things were under control.