Huwwara, Za'tara (Tapuah), Tue 7.4.09, Afternoon
General: The first day of the closure because of the holiday (until 18.4). Little traffic.
14.45 Za'tara. No line of cars at the crossroads.
At the pedestrian crossing there are 3 checking posts and the line moves quickly. The humanitarian line is checked randomly but there is no delay and takes about 6 minutes.
A taxi driver who came to the turnstile is detained.
In the car lane a new post has been born at the entrance. A cement block and on it sacks and inside a soldier controls the cars entering Nablus. When there is a "suspicious" car such as a new one without a license number he shouts to the soldier at the checkpint and he stops the car and the rest of the line. We counted 8-15 cars in the line at the exit of Nablus while we were there. Sometimes the dogtrainer checked and sometimes the ID, sometimes the passengers had to alight and were checked. Today the checking was not uniform. 3 checking areas were working and that is also the reason why cars went through so quickly. All the cars were checked 3-6 minutes. They waited about 15 minutes.
Za'tara. On the way home no lines.