Demonstrating the unjust and inhumane nature of Israeli Occupation Force checkpoints, today a family was delayed for over one hour as they tried to bring cooking gas to their home.
The checkpoint is located on the boundary between areas known as H1 and H2. H1 is controlled by the Palestinian Authority, H2 is under official Israeli control and is considered to be annexed to Israel. Palestinians living in H2 are forbidden to drive and must walk in this zone. It is not unusual for Palestinians to encounter difficulties when entering into H2.
International human rights observers were on hand to speak with the Israeli soldiers and the Red Cross was contacted. TIPH was also present and phoned the army. After more than an hour of negotiating the soldiers allowed the family to cross through the checkpoint to get to their home.