'Anabta, Ar-Ras, Jit, Qalqiliya, Mon 8.9.08, Morning

Observers: 
Osnat R and Frances T (reporting)
Sep-8-2008
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Morning

   06:40    Eliyahu crossing. 

Not a lot of traffic.  There seems to be only one person checking but the line is going quickly.

 
06.45 Qalqilya. 

There are 4 soldiers manning the first c/p – the other is empty.  According to the soldiers, this is a new arrangement.

They request that we do not report this as it constitutes "information for the Palestinians".  I point out that anyone going through the c/p can see this for themselves.  
Very little traffic exiting.  A few cars from Qalqilya arrive and do not understand the new arrangement.  The soldiers are chatting among themselves and hardly notice the cars arriving until I point out to them.  There are no checks.


 
07:10 Jit: 

The concrete blocks in the middle of the road have been removed.


9:15 Anabta

The soldiers are apathetic – one is asleep.  There are no checks.  We leave after 10 minutes.

 9:35    Ar-Ras

The c/p is very quiet.  I again mention the hole in the road and am told by the officer in charge that this is the responsibility of the PA. 
The soldiers check cars from T.K.We return via Azoun and the Eliyahu crossing where we stand in line for about 10 minutes while the cars ahead are searched.