Hakvasim (sheep) Junction, Hebron
We drove along Route 60 - light traffic and no sign of the army. Upon entering the police station, you notice a small number of citizens waiting to get in. It turns out that you can make an appointment over the phone, thus saving pressure on the office.
At the Sheep Junction, the weekly sheep market has already been eliminated, the lot is empty and deserted, only plastic bags flying around.
The last people return with dishes full of food (soup?) from the mosque.
On the lawn in front of the Cave of the Patriarchs, tents were set up, rows of plastic chairs were spread out. I was told that this is on the eve of a wedding - the first wedding after Tisha B'av.
There are many buses in the parking lot, and many ultra-Orthodox people visit the cave.
Givati soldiers now control the city. During the noon visit the heat drives the residents as well as the soldiers into the shade and Shuhada Street is almost deserted.
Also the construction in the new outposts in the city - Beit Rachel and Leah, Beit Hatekuma - seems to be on hold.
On Shuhada Street, the construction of the new Jewish neighborhood that was built above the army camp that was there is progressing very well - a dense construction of two to three large buildings. Along the street you can see houses that are still occupied by Palestinians. Protective shields have been put up on the balconies, a sign of settler attacks.
At the grocery store at the top of the street, the disabled boy, son of the grocery store owner, tells us that during Operation Dawn, the army suddenly closed all the barriers between the two parts of the city, and thus people who work on the H1 side found themselves cut off from their homes and forced to sleep on the other side of the city. Some young men jumped over the checkpoint in the Kafisha neighborhood The army chased them and they were taken for questioning and returned a few hours later.