Qalandiya

Place: 
Observers: 
Virginia S., Ina F. (reporting); Translator: Louise L.
30/12/2014
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Morning

The checkpoint was empty. When we arrived at 5:00, people entered the five open check posts without delay. Everything was still working smoothly when we left at 6:30. Since there were no lines nobody went to the humanitarian gate which, therefore, did not open.

No need to say (but I'll do so anyway) that people arriving at the checkpoint were pleased. They were waiving, wishing us a good morning and making the thumb-up sign as if we had anything to do with the improved situation. One man even approached us to ask "where are all the people, where are the lines?", and we asked him the same questions. It appeared that nobody could explain. We could not recall one single morning like this at Qalandiya during 2014, and only once or twice the year before that.  Let's hope that this is how it will be from now on.