King Hussein Bridge problems being addressed — Palestinian minister

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AMMAN — Minister of Transport and Communications in the Palestinian government Assem Salem told local media outlets that “the Karama crossing (King Hussein Bridge) is supposed to be opened for 24 hours starting this October, as part of understandings with the Jordanian and Israeli sides”.اضافة اعلان

“The Jordanians have no objection to working 24 hours a day, unless there is reluctance on the part of the Israeli side,” he said.

Regarding his talks in Jordan about traveling across the bridge, Salem said: “We have discussed the problems that citizens suffer from during their travel across the King Hussein Bridge, and we have noted a number of obstacles that can be solved from an administrative point of view.

“These issues include loss of bags, and the distance travelers need to walk when leaving the Jordanian hall to reach the taxi stands, as well as the sanitary facilities in the halls,” Salem said.

He added that “some measures have been taken immediately, as the number of baggage handling employees rose from seven to 30, and there is clear cooperation from the Jordanian side to solve these problems”.

Salem stressed that the infrastructure problems will be fixed in two phases; one will be quick and temporary, and begins with maintenance, and the other will be permanent and entail a new, complete crossing that will cost JD150 million. The work on the latter will begin in 2023 and end in 2025.

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