Barta'a-Reihan, Tura-Shaked

Observers: 
Rachele H., Noa L. (Reporting) Marcia L, Translation
Mar-18-2017
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Morning

06:50 – 07:20 – Tura-Shaked Checkpoint

On the Palestinian side of the checkpoint, next to the village of Tura, there are already people waiting for the opening.  The soldiers arrive at 06:55 to open and only at around 07:10, the first people pass through.  There are relatively a lot of people who pass through today, by foot and by car and the passage is quick with no delays.  When we left, everyone who was there had passed through and it didn’t look like there was anyone waiting.

07:30 – 08:05 – Barta’a-Reihan Checkpoint

The upper parking lot is full with many people who passed through the checkpoint and are waiting for rides in taxis and other vehicles to the working places.  When we went down the sleeveinfo-icon (the enclosed passage used by Palestinians to enter and exit the terminal), large groups were exiting.  In the terminal four windows were open.  It didn’t look like there was a long lines and people continued to leave.  We counted about 10 minutes for the passage of two people from the Palestinian parking lot to the exit to the Seamline Zone.  Those who come out tell us that today, everything is fast.  There are a lot of people today. 
Three turned to us for help in regard to the prohibition to pass to Israel that was put upon them suddenly, with no reason as they say.  Again we gave them the useful notes in Arabic for contact with Sylvia and her team, who will try to understand the reason and guide them in the excessive bureaucracy.  Very quickly the stream of people leaving abated and when we had to return to the parking lot, most of those waiting for rides had already disappeared.