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50 Palestinians prevented from crossing Allenby this week, 31 detained

April 30, 2016 2:58 P.M. (Updated: April 30, 2016 3:55 P.M.)
JERICHO (Ma'an) -- Israel prevented 50 Palestinians from traveling via the Allenby Bridge over the last week for alleged security reasons, while 31 were detained, according to a statement by the Palestinian police.

The statement reported that the 31 Palestinians detained were wanted by the Israeli authorities and banned from entering or leaving via the bridge between the occupied West Bank and Jordan.

Over 34,000 Palestinians traveled through the Allenby Bridge crossing this week.

The Israeli authorities regularly detain Palestinians who attempt to cross the Allenby Bridge. Last week, a Palestinian journalist was detained while en route to Bosnia to attend a European Union for Journalists conference. His continued detention has been condemned by the international community.

The Allenby Bridge is the only crossing Palestinians in the occupied West Bank can take to leave or enter Jordan, while most are forced to pass through the crossing for any overseas travel via the Amman international airport.

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