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PA police detain 66 Palestinians attempting to enter Jordan via Allenby Bridge

July 15, 2017 4:40 P.M. (Updated: July 15, 2017 4:40 P.M.)
JERICHO (Ma'an) -- Palestinian police detained 66 Palestinians over the past week for either being wanted by the Palestinian Authority (PA) or for being banned from traveling abroad, according to a statement released on Saturday by the Palestinian police. 

All 66 Palestinians were detained while attempting to exit the occupied West Bank into Jordan via the Allenby crossing, the statement said. 

The statement noted that some 62,000 Palestinians and visitors passed through the land crossing over the previous week, adding that 28,791 passengers left the West Bank into Jordan while 33,132 arrived in the West Bank from Jordan. 

Coordination was also made for 15 sick Palestinians on both sides of the border to cross Allenby in Palestinian ambulances during the same time period. 

Meanwhile, 29 people were turned away from the Israeli side of the Allenby crossing for alleged security reasons. 

Both Israeli and Palestinian forces routinely detain Palestinians at the crossing, as Palestinians must cross the border to travel abroad via the Amman International Airport, while many Palestinians have family residing in Jordan.
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