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Allenby crossing to stay open 24/7 starting next month, says US envoy

Passengers arrive on the Jordanian side of the Allenby Bridge crossing between the West Bank and Jordan on July 19, 2022. (Khalil Mazraawi/AFP)
Passengers arrive on the Jordanian side of the Allenby Bridge crossing between the West Bank and Jordan on July 19, 2022. (Khalil Mazraawi/AFP)

The Allenby crossing between the West Bank and Jordan will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week starting October 24, according to US Ambassador to Israel Tom Nides.

The move is one that US President Joe Biden heavily pushed for ahead of his visit to the region in July, in order to ease travel restrictions on West Bank Palestinians.

“It’s worth the investment to get to 24/7 access & will make a real difference in people’s lives!” Nides tweets.

Nides tweets that the crossing will be open 24/7 for a “pilot period” beginning a month from now, though the US administration had wanted it to start by the end of September.

Transportation Minister Merav Michaeli said at the time that her ministry was committed to the effort, but that a manpower shortage made meeting that deadline unlikely.

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