'Anabta, Ar-Ras, Irtah, Jubara (Kafriat), Sun 27.4.08, Morning
Yael A (reporter), Judith H.
Translator: Orna B.
06:50 Irtah Checkpoint
The checkpoint is closed; the security man explains that there is a closure, which ends tomorrow and today the checkpoint will open at 07:00 for humanitarian cases only.
A children's bus is on its way; there is traffic at gate 753, and there are 5 detainees. According to the soldiers these are illegals who came from the direction of Israel. Someone from the advanced command post was checking their identity and will advise what to do with them. At A-ras there is another detainee. The checkpoint commander refuses to speak to us and will only say that the detainee's permit has expired, and that they are trying to clarify what to do with him.
No queue; very few cars; no pedestrians; traffic is flowing in both directions.
07:45 Beit Iba
Traffic is flowing, cars and pedestrians. The checkpoint commander is nice and does not stop us from reaching the caousels, and we see that there are no detainees at all.