Abu Dis, Container (Wadi Nar), Ras Abu Sbitan (Olive Terminal), Mon 24.3.08, Afternoon
Chana G., Rahel W. (reporting)
It was a terribly hot day and anyone who could, stayed inside. The Zeitun crossing was almost deserted although there were a lot of cars parked in the lot, obviously waiting for people to return to the Israeli side. We noticed a few people waiting in the hut outside the checkpoint, but they were obviously there to get out of the sun rather than to get into the DCL area.
When we arrived, we counted 10 Border Police soldiers -- twice the usual number. That did not include however many who were in the watchtower. There were also two armored jeeps parked there. There were 3 detained vehicles. After about 10 minutes, all the i.d.'s that had been taken were returned and the commander told us that we had to take cover because an army exercise was going on.
We went into the shop and waited while the B.P ran around with their weapons ready. Perhaps all this extra strength was because of fear of some kind of reprisal because it was the 40th day (and the end of the mourning period) since the death of Mughniyah
After about 5 minutes, the exercise ended, the two jeeps with some B.P.'s pulled away and things went back to normal. The traffic moved through very quickly, perhaps because it was so miserably hot outside that the border policemen on duty understandably did not want to stand outside more than absolutely necessary