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Israel Denies Blocking Bridges

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Israel’s Defense Ministry has dismissed Jordanian charges that Israel has been blocking passage across the bridges that cross the Jordan River.

The bridges link Jordan with the West Bank.

The Defense Ministry pointed out Friday that the number of crossings last month was greater than before the intifada broke out in December 1987.

“There is no truth to the claim that Israel is obstructing passage via the Jordan River bridges. The opposite is true,” a statement issued by the ministry said.

“Israel exerts great effort in order to enable orderly passage via the bridges, and if there are those who are not able to do so, it is the result of the need to handle unforeseen numbers of visitors,” the Defense Ministry said.

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