'Awarta, Beit Furik, Burin (Yitzhar), Huwwara, Za'tara (Tapuah), Thu 13.8.09, Morning

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Estie V., and Nava A.

Translation:  Suzanne O.

In our opinion the time has come to reduce the number of our surveillance visits to the Nablus roadblocks.


Sha'ar Shomron

6:30 a.m. 

There is a police roadblock at the entrance to the territories.

The entrances to Marda and Zeita are as usual - one open and one barred by heaps of sand higher than before.


Za'atra/Tapuach Junction

6:50 a.m. 

There is a short queue, just one inspection lane apart from the humanitarian one.  From time to time a bus is sent into the car park and is released within minutes.  A group of dog handlers is undergoing training on a lorry in the car park.

A Border Police jeep patrols slowly all along the town of Huwwara.

Yitzhar/Borin roadblocks




7:15 a.m. 

Only one exit lane is open but the traffic flows and no queues build up.  According to the soldier, if a queue builds up they open an additional lane.  He is mainly concerned with our safety and that we should not get in the way of oncoming cars.


Beit Furiq

7:45 a.m. 

The roadblock is empty of cars.  The incoming car lane is barred by plastic with spikes beside it.  If cars were coming from both directions a jam would have been caused.  The soldier told us not to worry - he directs the traffic.



7:55 a.m. 

There is no queue although a dog handler is present.

In the town of Huwwara the Border Police continue their slow patrol.

At Za'atra there is a queue of a number of vehicles at the exit from Huwwara, by the time we park the queue has disappeared.

It is August everywhere, even on Road 5 there are no traffic jams.