'Awarta, Beit Furik, Burin (Yitzhar), Huwwara, Za'tara (Tapuah), Thu 29.7.10, Morning

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Esti V., and Nava A.

Translation:  Suzanne O.

There were rumours about new Urginea but we didn't see anything.

The entrances to Marda and Zeita are open.



7:10 a.m. 

When we passed by there were no cars at all at the junction.  When we got to Huwwara a convoy appeared behind a lorry but it too crossed quickly.


There are no military vehicles.

On the way between Borin and the roadblock there are scorched hills, reminders of the blaze there at the beginning of the week after the IDF demolished a building on Mount Bracha.


Beit Furiq

7:50 a.m. 

A soldier peeps out and waves hello from the top of the watchtower.  There is an innovation at the exit from the area of the roadblock - on the wall where there was an abusive message, there is a new sign:  No left turn to Madison Way.  This is the first place to state that Palestinians are not allowed to drive on the road.  (I regret to say that the camerainfo-icon on my mobile refused to cooperate.)

We searched the sides of the road for signs of the burning tyres which led to Palestinians being caught at the beginning of the week but didn't see anything.  One of the villagers told us that it happened near a settlement (?) but did not want to go into details.



8:00 a.m. 

The inspection of each lorry leaving Nablus causes a short queue.



8:10 a.m. 

The soldiers guarding the entrance roadblock demand to see our documents and do not give in.

The traffic to and from the town flows and the soldiers do not interrupt it at all.  There is a dog handler vehicle present but not active.  There aren't many vehicles in either direction.


The traffic flows.  Here too there is a dog handler in the car park but we didn't see any vehicles being inspected.