5:55 Barta'a-Rihan checkpoint
Workers wait for transportation. Some tell us that today all goes smoothly, others say that it's only "so so," but "better than yesterday." We still meet at the sleeve female workers who usually get out earlier, between 05:00 and 06:00. Due to the large number of people, some are examined by the machine while others go through the regular inspection in the chambers.
There were three operating windows, and when the pressure is relieved only two stay open.
We left at 06:45, the stream of workers coming out still constant.
07:03 Tura-Shaked checkpoint
The gate on the side of the West Bank opens and a few get in line for the turnstile. The first to come out goes to the Seam Line zone at 7:10.
Exit is slow and one of those coming out complains of the slow process today and of the physical checks inside the inspection chambers. We are under the impression that fewer people are coming out. Apparently it has to do with passage permits which were not renewed. We are told that for three months now people have been sending requests to the DCO for renewal of agricultural passage permits and they are still waiting.
07:10 Fast passage of vehicles begin, on both sides.
Schoolchildren go through without delays. Most of whom are without school bags (apparently for exams).