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Tulkarem road gate re-opens

Jan. 3, 2011 3:23 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 3, 2011 7:55 P.M.)
TULKAREM (Ma’an) -- Following a two-week closure, Israeli forces reopened a one-way road gate west of Tulkarem, allowing Palestinians from inside Israel to enter the city.

Locals said the closure of Gate 104, known locally as the Netanya road gate, forced Palestinians entering the area from Israel and areas west of the separation wall to enter the city through the southern Jubarah checkpoint, seven kilometers south of the city.

The closure of the gate drove traffic entering and exiting the city south to Jubarah, causing long lines and delays, residents and visitors said.

Retailers complained to local authorities, saying their trade was suffering because fewer Palestinians from Israel were entering the area. Shop owners met with Tulkarem governor Talal Dweikat and asked him to consult Israeli authorities to reopen the checkpoint.

Following consultations the gate was reopened in one direction. Palestinians with Israeli ID cards can enter via the gate, but must exit through the Jubarah checkpoint.

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