Qalandiya

Jun-29-2003
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Qalandya north: A striking flow of
vehicle traffic. Lots of yellow taxi drivers. At the exit from Tora
Bora, a couple of fit and sweaty men crossed the
road.

The pedestrian line was very long, but fast moving, with a large
team working efficiently. The commander we met 3 weeks ago has been
promoted and replaced. Our first encounter with him involved a
young guy whose blue ID taken away. Because he said he had been
detained for 3 hours instead of 1 1/2, he would only his ID back at
9pm. The commander wasn't hostile to us, but we saw we weren't
going to get anywhere with him. It was one of the frustrating times
when you feel so helpless and powerless...