Barta'a checkpoint: heavy crowding at opening

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Rachel Weizman and Ruthi Tuval Translation: Bracha Ben-Avraham

Several videos began to arrive at 05:21 in the morning from Barta’a Checkpoint, along with a voice message that stated: “Today the checkpoint is completely full, nothing is working.”    We called the checkpoint operators and spoke to someone who said: “What’s happening here?  I’m not playing with s***!” and hung up.  At 06:48 H.A. announced that he had finally crossed.  “It took me an hour and  five minutes.  After we spoke they opened another inspection window.”

06:45 – Barta’a – Reihan Checkpoint – All the parking lots were full.   Lots of workers who had already crossed through the checkpoint were waiting for rides to work, and the sleeveinfo-icon leading from the checkpoint was also crowded with people.


07:00 – Hermesh Checkpoint - Nothing was new here.  The checkpoint was completely deserted – a sore spot in the lovely panorama.

07:08 – Yaabed – Dotan Checkpoint -  Traffic was moving slowly alongside army vehicles and heavy machinery that were preparing to enter Area A.    One soldier explained to us jokingly that they were going to move a tent.  Afterwards we heard on the radio that last night the army had demolished houses belonging to terrorists. 

08:00 – We returned to Barta’a – Reihan Checkpoint.  Meanwhile the seamline zone of the checkpoint had emptied out and all the workers had been picked up for work.

08:15 – Tura – Shaked Checkpoint – A few workers were waiting for rides.