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Palestinian police arrest 37 at Allenby Bridge in last week of Ramadan

July 19, 2015 8:03 P.M. (Updated: July 19, 2015 11:13 P.M.)
JERICHO (Ma'an) -- Palestinian police arrested 37 wanted Palestinians who were among tens of thousands passing through the Allenby Bridge crossing between Jordan and the occupied West Bank in the final week of Ramadan, police said in a statement Sunday.

According to the statement, nearly 42,000 people passed through the crossing during the week -- about 18,000 leaving the West Bank, and 23,500 entering.

Palestinian police arrested 37 "wanted criminals" that tried to travel via the crossing.

Police said they were wanted in separate cases by courts across the occupied West Bank.

The statement added that in the same week the Israeli authorities turned back 25 people trying to cross the border.

The Allenby Bridge, also known as the King Hussein Bridge, is the only link between the occupied 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.

Passage through the Israeli control generally includes hours of waiting as well as interrogations and extensive searches.

The number of travelers peaks toward the end of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan as thousands travel to spend the Eid holiday with family.

There are more than 2 million registered Palestinian refugees living in Jordan, according to UN figures, with the actual number probably considerably higher, composing nearly half the Jordanian population.
Tibi / Tubas
Since the Allenby-Hussein Bridge connects Area Jordan to Area C, which is under full Israeli sovereignty, a third Palestinian check or in control, is between Israeli controlled Area C and Palestinian controlled Areas A-B.
So, first Israel turned back 25, and later PA police arrested 37.
19/07/2015 20:27
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