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Over 36,000 cross Allenby

Aug. 14, 2010 3:02 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 15, 2010 3:48 P.M.)
JERICHO (Ma'an) -- Palestinian Authority police said Saturday that 36,6342 travelers crossed the Allenby Bridge between the West Bank and Jordan during the week.

Entering were 18,030, including 186 foreign nationals and 129 Palestinians with Israeli ID cards, while 17,556 left for Jordan, of whom 228 were foreign nationals and 40 with Israeli ID cards. Meanwhile, 37 patients traveled in Palestinian ambulances for treatment in Jordan, police said.

Police added that 24 Palestinians "wanted for various charges" were apprehended at the crossing. They were not identified. Israeli forces also barred 120 Palestinians from traveling.

The number of travelers appears to have dipped slightly since mid-July, when over 45,000 Palestinians traveled in both directions. However, Israeli forces shut down the crossing twice at the end of the month, stranding many travelers overnight. Israel said a staff shortage was the cause of the severe delays.
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