Beit Furik, Huwwara, Za'tara (Tapuah), Tue 18.11.08, Morning

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Yael P., and Rachel A. (reporting)

Translation: Suzanne O.

Tapuach Junction

8:10 a.m.

There are almost no cars.

Beit Furiq

8:20 a.m. 

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.


9:15 a.m. 

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.

Tapuach Junction

10:10 a.m. 

There are no cars.