Border crossings fall in '06

Israeli crossings declined 17% from 2005 levels to 880,757 last year, being the major influence on the total drop, while 0.9% fewer Palestinians, or 796,210 people, went through a border.

By AVI KRAWITZ
January 15, 2007 07:08

Traffic through the country's land borders dropped 7.4 percent in 2006, according to the Israel Airports Authority, which said Sunday that approximately 2.26 million people, among them Israelis, Jordanians, Palestinians and tourists, crossed through the Taba, Arava, Allenby, Jordan River and Rafah border crossings during the year. Israeli crossings declined 17% from 2005 levels to 880,757 last year, being the major influence on the total drop, while 0.9% fewer Palestinians, or 796,210 people, went through a border. The declines were offset by the 0.4% rise in tourist crossings to 493,351 and growth of 5.1% to 86,000 in the number of Jordanians that crossed in 2006.


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