Reihan, Shaked, Sat 12.7.08, Morning

Sarit A., Rachel H. (reporting)

Northern West Bank, Saturday 12.7.2008,  a.m.
Observers: Sarit A., Rachel H. (reporting)
Translation: Yael Bassis-Student
07:00 - 08:30
07:00 - Rihan checkpoint
5 vans are waiting at the upper car park area.
The yellow gate at the middle of the road, in the checkpoint is still closed.
2 cars are waiting south of it.
"Do you want to cross over?"
The gate opens only in our honor and closes back.
The Olive trees on the side of the checkpoint are barring fruit.
Within a minute or two the entire gate opens.Later people would being entering the terminal with the yelling ("Hamsa,Hamsa", "Saker el Bab" etc) of the girl.
About 80 people are waiting to get in. Within 20 minutes all would be inside. Only the piles of egg crates and two bored drivers would be staying at the shed.
Since 07:20 whoever arrives (mostly pedestrians) gets in.
At 07:50 we met almost all of them on their way out or in a car on their way to Barta'a.
4 vehicles are  under inspection, while 4 others are still waiting.
Inside the terminal, two posts are occupied. the middle division in closed.
There is a new dog house on site.
08:00 - The lavatories were just cleaned.
08:10 - Shaked checkpoint
Very little traffic at the checkpoint.
A reserved soldier, bored confused in identifying us, call us to walk through. We obey and start walking. The commander is alerted and sends us back.
We have a hitch-hiker to Rihan.
08:30 - We left