Reihan, Shaked, Wed 18.8.10, Morning
Translated by Yael S.
08:00 Shaked-Tura checkpoint (07:00 Palestinian time).
The checkpoint is still closed. From a distance I can see soldiers coming.
08:10 - Gate is open. Adjustment in the checkpoint to the Palestinian time did not avoid delay in opening time.
On the East side, there are nine people waiting as well as two cars, two donkeys and a herd of sheep.
On the West side, -Three cars with passengers in a waiting position.
Until 08:40 - All went through.
At the upper car park area, on the side of the SeamLine zone, about 20 taxis waited .
At the lower car park area, the Palestinians waited 20 people in front of the still closed pedestrian gate. They reported an hour's waiting. Following my arrival the gate was opened and all of those waiting were courteously invited (not in groups of 5 !) to get inside and wait in the shadow of the sleeve in front of the terminal building.
09:20 - Six loaded trucks entered the inspection area. A medical patrol vehicle of the Palestinian authority with collaboration of the UN with its driver and a nurse waited in front of the vehicle's inspection area. They've reported of waiting there for more than 15 minutes. I've asked to let them in for inspection. The medical vehicle and another car were let in and when I came out I realized why so many cabs waited in the upper car park area, as it turned out for some reason there was a delay inside the pedestrians inspection terminal and no one came out.
10:20 - All went through, including trucks that drove out of inspection.