Beit Furik, Huwwara, Za'tara (Tapuah), Tue 18.11.08, Morning
Translation: Suzanne O.
There are almost no cars.
About 20 cars are in the queue. There are not many soldiers at the roadblock. The pace is slow - a car at a time from each direction. A driver we asked claimed to have been waiting for about an hour. Someone else said that yesterday evening crowds of people queued to leave Nablus.
There are about 20 people in the queue at the roadblock. Two checkpoints and a humanitarian queue are open. People are sent to the x-ray machine which is further away because of the road works.
Passengers of a bus on its way out of Nablus are taken off for inspection. They are school boys. They are sent, one at a time, with their satchels to go through the x-ray machine. The inspection took over 20 minutes.
A Red Crescent ambulance arrives at the car park, a young man on a stretcher is put in it and within a few minutes the ambulance crosses the roadblock into Nablus.
The DCO officer tells us that a terrorist with explosives was caught at Beit Iba (?). Everything appears to be as usual.
There are no cars.