Barta'a checkpoint: Tired of going through loopholes in the fence

Observers: 
Tsafrira Z. and Hannah H. Marcia L., Translation
Feb-18-2021
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Afternoon

15:15 – 18:20

 

15:15 – Tura Checkpoint

There are soldiers at this checkpoint, but we didn’t meet any residents returning from Jenin to the villages in the Seamline Zone, or workers returning to the West Bank from work in the settlements.

15:50 – Barta’a Checkpoint

At this hour, there still are not many workers returning to the West Bank from work in Israel.  We also didn’t see many cars with workers from the direction of Harish. It is possible that because of the weather, not many laborers went to work today in agriculture or construction.  All those returning now from Hadera, Harish, and other places, left this morning via breaches in the fence.  We also heard that workers who regularly leave from Jimla Checkpoint to work in Israel, now leave, during the lockdown, via breaches next to Salaam (not far from the District Coordinating Office-DCO).  There, buses are waiting to disperse them in Israel.   One of the workers wants to know if next Sunday (when the lockdown ends), all the checkpoints will be open for all the laborers and workers in Israel, and not just for those who work in the Seamline Zone.  They want to return to organized exits.

Families loaded with packages cross in two directions, to and from Barta’a.