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

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Estie W., Shosh D., Naavah E., observing & reporting. Natanya translating.

After the weekend of snow all the routes are open but at the side of the roads there are heaps of snow which still are holding their own. 

7.35 Azzun Atma. So as to avoid slipping on the snow we left later. When we arrived the checkpoint was practically empty. 4 Palestinians went through without delay. At the side of the checkpoint were three who had been caught going through a forbidden area. They said that they had permits. It is not clear why they did not go through the usual checkpoint. The soldier was not prepared to explain to us what their crime was.

Shomron crossing.No police at the exit from Israel.

8.10 Za’tara/ Tapuach.The checkpoint is not manned. At the side of the roundabout the post is completely snowed in. We parked at the side of the road to enjoy the snow and a group of  border police came to make sure that the car was not manned with a bomb.

8.22 Checkpoint of Yitzhar/Burin.An army car is parked at the side but does not interfere.

Awarta.The yellow bar blocks the passage as usual.

9.05 Beit Furik.The checkpoint is empty of army cars. At the entrance to the village the soldiers have put down spikes for a rolling checkpoint. They say that they roam around the area regularly and make random checks. The streets of the village have been cleared of large quantities of snow which fell and they are full of children on the way to school.

9.20 Huwwara.The checkpoint is not manned. A soldier guards the ascent to Bracha.

Checkpoint of Burin/Yitzhar.No soldiers.

Za’tara/Tapuach.No checking at the posts.

Shomron crossing. The traffic flows.