Dura-Al Fawwar Junction, Sansana (Meitar Crossing), South Hebron Hills

Observers: 
Raya Y. Translator: Natanya
May-13-2020
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Afternoon

In the afternoon we tried to enter Area C through Negohot. We were told by two soldiers that the crossing is only for the residents of Negohot and those of  the surrounding area. I tried to convince the soldiers to let us pass but did not succeed. So we had to go to the Meitar checkpoint.

The parking area in the Area A is completely vacant and we only saw a small number of private vehicles. There are no taxis, no dealers, no workers and only a small number of trucks.

On Road 60 there is little traffic in the late afternoon.

At the El Fawwar-Dura intersection (Abraham Junction) there is relative quiet. Four soldiers patrol round the pillbox. Two soldiers stand in the middle of the square inside a building watching the sparse vehicle traffic. The locals are in their homes and not around. The sheep in Al Fawwar are free.

On our way we met a merchant from Dahariya who went to arrange personal affairs. We asked what was going on in his town. We got an answer: Most stores are closed. There are no buyers because Israelis are forbidden entry. The locals do not go out to work, are very afraid of the Coorna and have no money. These are not happy Ramadan days. But Inshallah is hoping for better days than these.

Today, in the village of Simia received demolition orders for the school. The school was built so that the children in grades 1 and 3 would not have to cross Highway 60 twice a day.