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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Israel dismantling Huwwara checkpoint

From Ma'an:

Nablus Governor Jebrin Al-Bakri was informed by PA liaison officials that the Israeli military will begin immediately the removal of infrastructure for the Huwwara and Beit Furik checkpoints.

Al-Bakri told Ma'an that the news came early Thursday morning, and that the deconstructions would include the removal of dozens of concrete blocks and barriers. He said restrictions at the Za’tara checkpoint south of Nablus would also be eased.

The announcement came after what Al-Bakri said was eight months of negotiations with Israeli officials, saying that without freedom of movement through the northern West Bank, economic development would be impossible.
The Huwwara checkpoint has stopped terror attacks, including the 16 year old would-be suicide bomber seen in this CBS video, which mentions that the same checkpoint had stopped another child from bringing explosives into Israel the week before.