Container (Wadi Nar)
We decided to drive to Wadi Nar because of the winter break declared by the Palestinian Authority.
We found the checkpoint deserted, and vehicles crossed without interference.
Gradually some soldiers turned up and started to circulate in the area, finally settling down on the right side (perhaps because it is the sunny side). They stopped cars -- at random -- on the way to Bethlehem for inspections which were very slow. We had the feeling that this conduct had to do with our presence, and therefore preferred to leave. But not before a pack of dogs surrounded us with ear-splitting barks and bared teeth. This is an old problem in the Wadi Nar area, causing great annoyance to the nearby residents, and which may end in physical injury. But no one, it seems, will deal with it.
The new road is open to traffic to both sides.