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The Allenby Bridge Terminal is located in the Jordan Valley, east of the town of Jericho, on the old road leading from Ramallah to the town of Salt.

 

The Terminal constitutes one of the seven traditional crossing points between the West Bank and the East Bank of the Jordan River, throughout thousands of years of history.

 

The Allenby Bridge was built during World War I for British troops crossing between the East Bank and the West Bank.

 

In the beginning, it was a wooden bridge of limited capacity, but over the years it became one of the three main bridges between the two banks of the Jordan River.

 

1946 – The bridge was blown up during the “Night of the Bridges”, and a Bailey bridge was built in its stead, which stood until the Six Day War in 1967. The bridge was again blown up during the Six Day War, and after the war, with the establishment of the open door policy by the Civil Administration of Judea and Samaria, the bridge was rebuilt and mass traffic of Arab residents from both sides of the river began.

 

1994 – with the Oslo Accords and the signing of the peace agreements with Jordan, it was decided that the Airports Authority would operate the Allenby Bridge Terminal.

 

The Terminal is divided into 4 Halls:

 

        Palestinians Departures Hall

         Palestinians Arrivals Hall

         Tourists and East Jerusalem residents Departures Hall

        Tourists and East Jerusalem residents Arrivals Hall

 

Amongst those passing through the Terminal are Jordanians and Israelis, although the Terminal is not designated to handle them.

 

The fact that Israelis, too, cross over stems from the fact that pilgrims to Mecca, the Hajj and Omra use the Allenby Terminal.

 

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