New checkpoints ease passage for Palestinians

Saturday, July 30, 2005 | 
The Israeli government is opening new checkpoints throughout Judea and Samaria to facilitate more efficient and faster security checks for Palestinians working in Israel who are not involved in bringing terror into the country. New computerized systems provide quick and precise identity of those wishing to enter Israel. With two of the new terminals already up and running near two Palestinian-controlled cities, one west of Tulkerem and the other south of Ramallah, several more are scheduled to open over the next few months. With the ability to process 2,800 crossings per hour, some 10,000 are expected each day. The new checkpoints have x-ray equipment and full metal detectors to ensure that no terrorist will go undetected. The checkpoints are staffed with infantry soldiers, with special training; female military police to search female crossers, when necessary; and an Arabic-speaking officer from the Liaison and Coordination Administration.

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