'Azzun 'Atma, Beit Furik, Burin (Yitzhar), Huwwara, Shomron Crossing, Za'tara (Tapuah), Thu 20.12.12, Morning

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Estie A. Navah E. monitoring and reporting

 Natanya translating.


There is a strike of the civil servants on the West Bank because their salaries have not been paid. The roads are empty of children going to school.

06.25 Azzun Atma   Maybe because of the promised rain or because of the efficiency of the soldiers the line is not especially long. It is good that the sheds on both sides have been completed and both Palestinians and soldiers are protected from the winter weather.

The Shomron crossing.  There are no police at the exit from Israel.

6.55 Za'tara/Tapuach.  The soldiers are at their posts but do not interfere with the traffic.

Checkpoint Yizhar/Burin. No army activity

7.20 Beit Furik. No soldiers

7.25 Awarta. The yellow bar still blocks the passage. The big rock is also still in the middle of the road. Big red sign are placed opposite  the no entry to Nablus  and also opposite the turning to Awarta and warn against entering Area A.

7.30 Huwwara. We did not see soldiers in the sentry post.

At the ascent to Bracha settlement is a soldier.

7.45 Za'tara/Tapuach.  Border police are at the posts. There is much traffic on the road as a result of a delay at the circle.

7.55 At the entrance of Marda is an army jeep.

There was no rain along the road in spite of the weather forecast but as we passed the Shomron crossing the heavens opened up. Do not the Palestinians deserve this?