7:20 – 7:40 Tura Shaked Checkpoint
Today not very many pass through the checkpoint, perhaps because of the approaching holiday. There is no line at the carousel and they pass without delay.
One elderly man tells us that “the situation is terrible.” They took his transit permit but his magnetic card is still valid. “A lot of bureaucracy and delays make life miserable.”
7:50 – 8:45 Barta'a Riehan Checkpoint
The parking lots are packed and traffic is moving, though it seems less dense than on a typical Saturday.
Again one of the sides of the terminal door is shut, so it’s hard to see, but we think two booths are open. We timed one person’s transit at about twelve minutes.
Four people approached us about transit and work permits – the general problem persists: permits are revoked arbitrarily which is frustrating and a real impediment to daily life.
In Wadi Ara and along the route to the checkpoints thousands of squills are in bloom, as well as the tobacco fields.