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Allenby Bridge to operate 24 hours Sunday

Jan. 17, 2015 10:27 A.M. (Updated: Jan. 17, 2015 5:38 P.M.)
JERICHO (Ma'an) -- The Allenby Bridge border crossing between Jordan and the West Bank will be open 24 hours on Sunday to facilitate the return of pilgrims from Mecca, Palestinian police said.

Palestinian police staffing the crossing said in a statement that the crossing, also known as al-Karama, would operate in both directions until 10:30 p.m. as usual but would remain open overnight on the Jordanian side to allow the terminal to cope with the large numbers of Palestinians returning from pilgrimage.

On Jan. 7, officials said the crossing was beset by "crippling" overcrowdedness as 10,000 pilgrims passed through en route to Saudi Arabia over the course of two days ahead of a snow storm.

Ahead of their return, however, officials are taking precautions to ensure the scenes are not repeated.

The Allenby Bridge, also known as the King Hussein Bridge, is the only link between the West Bank and the outside world.

Passengers have to go through three different checks in order to cross, including a Palestinian control, an Israeli control, and a Jordanian control.
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