King Hussein Bridge: sharp decline, 3,000 visitors in October

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AMMAN — The King Hussein Bridge, a crucial point of entry and exit for passengers, has witnessed a decline in its operations since the onset of the war on Gaza. On Sunday, Nidal Shamayleh, the director of the Bridge's customs office, reported a stark decrease in passenger numbers during October. The office documented only 3,000 arrivals and departures, a substantial drop from the 19,000 recorded in September. This decline is attributed to the restrictions imposed by Israel.اضافة اعلان

Regarding freight movement, Shamayleh stated that the customs office observed the transit of approximately 6,000 trucks, a significant reduction compared to the previous month's 15,000 trucks, the Jordan News Agency, Petra reported.

Highlighting the challenges faced, Shamayleh mentioned that the border crossing had been intermittently closed since the commencement of the war on Gaza. During these closures, passage was limited to tourists, embassy diplomats, and foreign nationals involved in evacuations.

In response to these challenges, Shamayleh emphasized the ongoing cooperation with the other side to enhance the flow of travelers and trucks without imposing restrictions on Palestinians. Additionally, concerted efforts are being made to streamline the entry of aid convoys carrying essential supplies such as wheat and medicines to the Palestinian side.

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