Reihan, Shaked, Wed 3.12.08, Morning

Hedva H., Nava R. (reporting)
Translation: Yael Bassis-Student
09:10 - 10:10 Tura-Shaked checkpoint
Two cars awaiting passage into the West Bank, One of them will not go through because its plate number is not listed in the passage permit.
The other one as well as all other vehicles went through without any problems.
About 20 people went through from the Seam Line zone into the West Bank and to the opposite direction, without delays, among them were school children with their teacher and other students.
The checkpoint was very busy at this time of day.
10:10 - 11:20 - Rihan-Barta'a checkpoint
Only a few go at this time into the West Bank.One person told me that thing inside the terminal are quite out of order.
 We called the DCO since  there was no one to talk to on site. At the DCO they claimed that every thing is under control and they know nothing of any problems there.
A few minutes later, some pedestrian who came out of the terminal said that things are back to normal.
At the Palestinian car park area there are five pick up trucks loaded with agriculture produce, waiting . Half an hour later, three  drove inside for inspection and two more arrived on site. Drivers report that they have been waiting for an hour and a half and the actual inspection takes another hour and a half.
Taxi drivers gathered around the main gate at the checkpoint, but remained unemployed, as stated, there was a very little traffic of pedestrians.
In Eastern Barta'a more traffic is felt due to the upcoming holiday . The market place has awakened after many months of being almost vacant.