Jordan is still completely cut off from the outside world -- except for radio links -- as the civil war between the Jordanian Army and the Palestinian guerrillas continues.
GV Area PAN bridge
SV PAN bridge
GV hilly terrain
GV control post
CU Sign: Customs
LV porters moving off to catch bus, bus leaves (3 shots)
CU Danya Bridge rest house
CU Red Cross/Crescent Magen David
CU Sign: distance sign
Initials PAF/JH/MH/1714 PAF/JH/PS/1745
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Background: Jordan is still completely cut off from the outside world -- except for radio links -- as the civil war between the Jordanian Army and the Palestinian guerrillas continues. The two crossing points over the River Jordan, the Damya and Allenby bridges, are sealed off from the Jordanian side.
Usually the Damya bridge sees up to 80 trucks a day entering Jordan laden with agricultural produce from the West Bank and about 1500 people crossing into Jordan and back again. But now it, along with the Allenby bridge, has been closed by the Jordanians. Barbed wire is strung across the Jordanian side of the bridge.
Even though the fighting is further north in Jordan, the area near the border was deserted. The customs and control areas, the first aid post and even the "Damya Bridge rest house" were all completely empty.
The porters, still in their blue working overalls, board a bus and leave the area as there is no work for them here with nobody crossing the bridge.