'Awarta, Beit Furik, Huwwara, Za'tara (Tapuah), Wed 13.5.09, Afternoon
We went through the checkpoint at 1530 on the way to Huwwara and at around 1745 on the way back.
At 1500, there were no cars on the Road 5 side and about 7 waiting on the Hawwara side. At 1745, we didn't see any queues.
We arrived at the checkpoint at 1550 and stayed until 1640.
In the cars checkpoint, there were very few cars entering and exiting and most of the time there were between 6 and 11 cars waiting to exit. We timed one of the cars waiting to exit and it took 5 minutes.
In the pedestrian exiting checkpoint, there were between 15 to 30 people at different times. We timed one of the people waiting to exit and it took 9 minutes from joining the queue until completing the exit.
We met a couple of volunteers from an international church organisation and exchanged information and views.
On the way to Beit Furik there was one truck at the checkpoint. On the way back there were 4 trucks and cars.
We arrived at the checkpoint at 1645 and stayed until 1715.
The checkpoint was very quiet and very few cars crossed while we were there.
The roof of the pedestrian path leading to the checkpoint has been removed.
Three of the soldiers approached us and we had a long discussion about politics and opinions.