Barta'a-Reihan, Tura-Shaked

Observers: 
Hannah H. (observer and reporter) and Pierre (driver). Marcia L., translation
02/04/2019
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Afternoon

 

On the way, next to the Anin Checkpoint (which is closed today), we see a Border Police car observing the main road in the Seamline Zone.

15:40 – Tura Checkpoint

Workers return home from work in the Seamline Zone, to the West Bank,. The passage is quick.  They tell us that this morning the checkpoint opened on time.   One car passes to the West Bank but is delayed about 10 minutes, for inspection.  Students return from the university in Jenin.  Two women with baskets full of purchases, passing from Jenin to the Seamline Zone, are delayed in an inspection room for a particularly long time.

16:05 – Barta’a Checkpoint

Workers return home from their work in the Seamline Zone and in Israel, but as we’ve reported before, not in large numbers that we were used to seeing in the past.  Some of those who work in Israel passed in the morning through the Jalama Checkpoint (Gilboa) or via Tayibe (Efraim Gate), although they work in Caesaria or Harish - a very long trip. Despite the lower numbers at the checkpoint, they are building new additions:  this time, gatesinfo-icon that can be locked, on the main road near the traffic bumps.

Next to the vehicle checkpoint, a car with passengers going to the West Bank is strictly inspected by the armed security guard; the passengers get out of the car.  Few people return from the West Bank to the Seamline Zone and in the terminal, only one window is open.

We noted the many public transportation routes in the area.