Jerusalemites ask PM for bridge access

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AMMAN — Several personalities from Jerusalem sent a letter to Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh asking him to allow them entry in the Kingdom through a northwestern border crossing, Amman Net reported.اضافة اعلان

The letter, sent through Jordanian representatives in the West Bank city of Ramallah, asked the Jordanian premier to allow Jerusalem residents access through the Sheikh Hussein Bridge, which is strictly used by Jordanian and Israeli travelers.

Another crossing, the King Hussein Bridge across the Jordan River, is used for Palestinian passenger and commercial traffic.

Recently, a backlog of thousands of Palestinian travelers was reported at the King Hussein border crossing, which was blamed on slow passenger processing and handling by Israeli occupation authorities on the other side of the bridge.

The letter was signed by approximately 200 figures in Jerusalem of different social, economic, cultural, and religious backgrounds, public figures, and activists.

“The Israeli authorities allow Jerusalemites to use all crossings and airports,” the signatories wrote to Khasawneh.

“Jerusalemites were allowed to travel to Jordan and return via the Sheikh Hussein Bridge, as well as the King Hussein Bridge,” it said. “But in recent years, for unknown reasons, Jerusalemites were banned from travelling across the Sheikh Hussein Bridge.”

It said the signatories “ask your excellency to give your kind guidance to allow, once again, the Jerusalemites to use this crossing as well as all crossing points, which would be of mutual benefit to a Jordanians and Palestinians.”

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