Barta'a-Reihan, Tura-Shaked, Ya'bed-Dotan
There are many cars in the upper parking lot. We went down to the lower parking lot, paid the Palestinian attendant the parking fee of NIS 5 and parked.
There were two new changes for me: One is that at the entrance gate there is a large red button in order to call the security guard when he isn’t in the area. The second new change is a prayer corner with carpets in the lower parking lot under the shelter.
The drivers told me that in the morning the gate opens and closes a lot, something that causes anger and confusion. Another complaint that I heard from the drivers is about the stretch of the road that is covered with deep grooves at Yabed Checkpoint. The deep ruts are hard to pass over, shake the cars and cause damage to them. They also cause much discomfort to those traveling in the car.
They told me that there are also deep groves or ruts in the road at this checkpoint. We traveled there and indeed, we saw the same phenomenon. Is it possible that someone also fired at soldiers at this checkpoint? There is no guard tower here.
The road has grooves/ruts and the convoy passes. There are drivers who arrive by successfully driving with just two wheels over the grooves, and the two other wheels on the dirt road. Everyone is very angry.
This checkpoint is the most elaborate in the northern Seamline Zone when compared to those of smaller sizes. Few pass through at this hour (14:00); a young boy crosses to the Seamline Zone. One car passes in the direction of Tura.
At the very least, the view is green and blooming.