Abu Dis, Container (Wadi Nar), Ras Abu Sbitan (Olive Terminal), Sheikh Saed, Wed 5.11.08, Morning

Rachel M., Shira V. (reporting)

07:05  Sheikh Sa'ed

One of the two turnstiles still not working.  Entrances and exits take place through the single one.  Crossing moves along without interruptions, no lines, plenty of children crossing, few adults.

07:40  Zeitim Crossing

The checkpoint seems fairly empty.  One of those crossing reported that the wait is short, less than five minutes, with both passages open.

08:00 Wadi Nar

The heavy stench from the garbage dump accompanies us on our way to the checkpoint.  A transit was being detained when we arrived.  The passengers reported a wait of only a few minutes.  Soon thereafter they are released.  Busy traffic with minimal interruptions on the part of the soldiers.  Most of the vehicles cross without checks.  Here and there a transit is stopped, documents immeidately checked, and then released.