Palestinians working in Israel cross through Israeli Qalandiya checkpoint near the West Bank city of Ramallah April 25, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman
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To one side loom towers manned by Israeli soldiers who keep watch from behind bulletproof glass.Around 26,000 Palestinians pass through Qalandiya daily, on foot, by car or by bus, Israeli authorities say. This week, a 41-year-old Palestinian, a mother of nine children, stabbed and wounded a female Israeli security officer at the crossing. Over the past two years, Palestinians have carried out a wave of stabbing attacks targeting Israelis, part of a campaign of violence against the occupation. At the same time, suicide-style attacks have become increasingly common at some checkpoints in the West Bank and along what Israelis refer to as a security fence and Palestinians call an apartheid wall.Among the dozens of checkpoints, Qalandiya is the biggest and most notorious, handling around a third of all movements of Palestinians in and out of the West Bank each day.The checkpoint took shape in 2001, when Israel began building a 700-km barrier of concrete walls and fences to separate the West Bank from Jerusalem and Israel.
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