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24-hour schedule at Allenby Bridge between West Bank, Jordan set to end

Sept. 8, 2017 11:58 A.M. (Updated: Sept. 8, 2017 4:46 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- After several months of the Israeli-controlled Allenby Bridge between the occupied West Bank and Jordan being opened for 24 hours a day, the busy and congested crossing is set to return to a limited schedule on Monday, Palestinian media reported on Friday.

Palestinian news agency Wafa reported that the crossing would continue on a 24 hour schedule on Sunday, but would close at 9:30 p.m. on Monday. It would then be opened again at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday and close at 9:30 p.m. during week days. On Friday and Saturday the crossing will open from 10:30 a.m.

The 24-hour schedule, which began in June, was meant to be part of a trial period. Palestinian Minister of Civil Affairs Hussein al-Sheikh said in a statement in June that the 24-hour openings at Allenby, excluding Fridays and Saturdays, would be implemented permanently at the beginning of next year.

The border crossing serves hundreds of Palestinians daily, as Palestinians living in the occupied territory are prohibited from using Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport -- with the exception of a few special permit holders -- and therefore must cross through the Allenby Bridge to access the Amman airport in order to travel abroad.

The implementation of a 24-hour opening of the crossing was part of a number of agreements between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Israeli authorities, reportedly under the auspices of US President Donald Trump’s peace initiative, to slightly ease the dire economic situation in the occupied Palestinian territory owing to Israel’s half-century military occupation.
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