Official: Allenby crossing to expand hours
Published Monday 16/09/2013 (updated) 17/09/2013 10:47
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – The Allenby Bridge crossing between the West Bank and Jordan will operate from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. after midnight every day except on Fridays and Saturdays starting next week, a Palestinian official says.
Minister of civil affairs Hussein al-Sheikh told Ma’an Monday that the decision was made after negotiations between the Palestinian side and Israel. He added that Israel agreed to issue 5,000 more work permits for Palestinians from the West Bank bringing the number of permits issued recently to 50,000.
Furthermore, Israel agreed to increase quantities of construction materials allowed into the Gaza Strip, and to allow other materials in addition to cement, iron bars and gravel. The decision will go into effect in the coming few days, according to al-Sheikh.
The two sides agreed as well on an increase in drinking water supplies to the Gaza Strip. According to al-Sheikh, Israel will pump 5 million additional cubic meters a year. Meanwhile, 4 million additional cubic meters a year will be pumped to the West Bank.
In the same regard, the Palestinian Authority is exerting efforts on Israel to allow Palestinian telecommunication companies to use 3G technology.
He highlighted that Israel agreed to allow the Palestinian mobile service provider Wataniya to ship the needed equipment to start operating in the Gaza Strip.
Israel will also facilitate movement of Palestinian sports players and teams back and forth.