The new year has begun but people still do not have new work permits.
15:20 – Tura Shaked Checkpoint
Two women crossed to the seamline zone and two vehicles crossed to the West Bank. After that a few people crossed in both directions. A truck crossed to the West Bank, attempted to return to the West bank, and then back to the seamline zone, but was sent back. After a few minutes is was allowed to cross. We didn't know why.
A woman crossed to the seamline zone and her husband remained and tried to convince the soldiers to let his elderly mother cross by car, but they refused. After a few minutes, the elderly woman walked across.
One person told us that only a few people had crossed in the morning and that the crossing had gone smoothly. Others said that their permits expired at the end of 2017, but they had still not received new ones.
We drove two women to Um Al Reihan, where they were going to attend their uncle's funeral. They explained that others would be coming, and there would not be any problems because they had permits or were elderly, allowed to cross without permits.
15:50 – Reihan – Barta'a Checkpoint, Seamline Zone Side
People were returning from work. Many are working in construction in Harish. There were also women crossing. Some said that they worked in Barta'a and lived in Yaabed. One pantomimed that she would go home, go to sleep, and then return to work.
The fencing on the sleeve is covered with plastic sheeting on the side facing the Palestinian parking lot. This makes it difficult for us to see what is going on there. One window in the terminal is operating and serving the few people crossing at this time of day from the West Bank to the seamline zone. These were women, children, and students.
16:20 – We walked through the sleeve to the parking lot. More and more people were arriving, going home. They were coming in various vehicles, including a bus from the Plasson factory in Kibbutz Maagan Michael, and another light-blue bus. Women and children were waiting on the bench at the end of the sleeve for a car to be checked, which would take them home to the seamline zone.