New crossing enhances security and maintains routine civilian life

IDF (Zahal) builds new, improved crossing near Shuafat using high-tech equipment to facilitate passage of Palestinians while ensuring security

Date: 10/01/2012, 12:20 PM     Author: Florit Shoihet

IDF (Zahal) inaugurates a new crossing near the Shuafat refugee camp, improving the life the 25,000 Palestinians living in the area. The new crossing cost tens of millions of NIS, and will replace the current, smaller crossing.

The new crossing was built at extremely high standards to significantly facilitate passage of civilians: the number of lanes was doubled from three to six wider ones. Two additional lanes were also built for pedestrians equipped with an advanced inspection system and lights.

Overall, approximately 6,000 people and hundreds of vehicles are expected to pass through the crossing daily. Working to maintain and improve the lives of civilians in the area, a special lane for school buses was added.

“We’re investing a great deal to improve security while preserving routine life of the civilians,” explained commander of the Central Command seam project, Lt. Col. Mila Rivhi. “A lot of through went into the current crossing; it’s equipped with high-tech cameras and an innovative crossing system.”

“So far the civilians seem to be satisfied with the new crossing,” said Lt. Col. Rivhi. “We will soon conduct a survey in hope of further improving the crossing.”

There are dozens of crossings along the security fence, built in 2002 in accordance with decisions of the Supreme Court and it taking into consideration both the security of Israeli civilians and the convenience of the Palestinian population. The crossings enable transfer of people as well as goods, including medical equipment and more. The security fence takes into consideration Palestinian agriculture and statistics show a clear correlation between the construction of the fence and the decline in the number of terrorist attacks (between 2002 and 2003, there was a 30% decrease in the number of attacks).