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Tomb of Shmuel HaNavi

Tourists and other visitors to the Tomb of the Biblical Prophet Samuel, northeast of Jerusalem, are complaining of increasing difficulty in accessing the site due to a lack of adequate public transportation.

The Egged bus company said in response, however, that it only has a license to operate mini-buses to the site, due to access and safety issues, and there is no room for large buses.

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“Therefore Egged uses minibuses, whose fill capacity is limited, [but] in general service is consistent with the level of demand,” the company said in its statement. Nevertheless, it added, “there does appear to be an increase in demand and [so] we are significantly increasing service … although we are limited in the number of minibuses that we have.”

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.