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Israel expands border crossing hours for Palestinians going to Jordan

Following up on a promise made to US President Joe Biden, Israel agreed to expand the operation hours of the Allenby Bridge crossing point into Jordan.
Passengers arrive on the Jordanian side of the King Hussein Bridge (also known as Allenby Bridge) crossing between the West Bank and Jordan on July 19, 2022. - The border crossing, which serves as a border crossing between Israel and Jordan mainly for the Palestinians and foreign tourists, has witnessed an issue with crowding with passengers stuck on the Jordanian side. (Photo by Khalil MAZRAAWI / AFP) (Photo by KHALIL MAZRAAWI/afp/AFP via Getty Images)

US Ambassador to Israel Tom Nides announced on Sunday that the West Bank Allenby Bridge crossing point into Jordan is now operational 24 hours a day, five days a week. The expanded opening hours of the crossing should ease the traveling of Palestinians heading into Jordan and beyond.

“Big news! As of today, the Allenby Bridge is now officially open 24/5. We kept President Joe Biden’s promise. This is a win for Palestinians and Israelis alike!” Nides wrote on Twitter. The American ambassador thanked Israel’s national security adviser Tzachi Hanegbi, Israel’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Maj. Gen. Ghasan Aliyan and Chairman of Israel’s Airports Authority Jerry Gershon for increasing the bridge's operation.

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