'Anin, Reihan, Shaked, Thu 4.12.08, Afternoon

Observers: 
Sima S., Raya Z. (reporting)
04/12/2008
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Afternoon

Yael Bassis-Student

15:30 - 16:55 Aaneen checkpoint -
The gate was opened at 15:30, to a narrow crack and everyone is gathered around it. People go through one by one. Every once in a while the gate is closed so they can organize the line.

One of the tractors crossing over is detained for some reason and again the gate is closed for long minutes.


Only after a DCO Jeep arrived on site and following the inspection of papers by the officer in the military vehicle (we were unable to watch exactly what went on), did the gate reopen.


We are told that at the time the fence was built, another tall dike was put up on the edge of the Wadi, in a way that prevented people from getting to their olive groves, near the fence east of the gate; instead they have to take a long detour.

When talking with the DCO about it he said they werelooking into that and maybe, in the unseen future, another gate might open.


17:05 - 17:15-Shaked checkpoint

Very few cross over on both sides.


17:30-18:30 -Rihan checkpoint

When we arrived, the lower car park area was almost vacant, but the few that did go through told us that the terminal was full and there were about 150 people inside.Only a little later did we see that the stream of people coming out had grown.


Under the shed there are carpets and some of the people coming out of the terminal stop to pray.