Huwwara checkpoint

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Huwwara checkpoint, 2005

The Huwwara checkpoint or Huwara checkpoint or Hawara checkpoint (Arabic: حاجز حوارة‎, Hebrew: מחסום חווארה‎, Makhsom Hawara) is a major Israel Defense Forces checkpoint at one of the four main exits of Nablus. It is located south of the city. It was established on October 2000. The facility was named after the nearby village of Huwara.


In 2002, the checkpoint was open from morning to evening. Later, it remained open 24 hours a day.[1] All vehicles were required to have special permits and be searched.

In 2008, renovations were carried out to ease the overcrowding.[2]

Conditions at Hawara were relaxed in July 2009. The checkpoint was opened to allow pedestrians to cross freely without being searched.[3] Palestinian vehicles have sometimes faced only random inspections.[1]

In 2011, Israeli newspapers reported that the IDF would remove the checkpoint.[4] According to the Palestinian human rights organization Al-Haq, the checkpoint is still in use as of 2014.[5] According to Btselem, the checkpoint is infrequently in use.

Violent incidents[edit]

On March 24, 2004 a 16-year-old, Hussam Abdo tried to pass through the checkpoint wearing an explosive belt strapped to his body in an attempted suicide attack.[6]

In May 2005, a 15-year-old was arrested at the checkpoint with two pipe bombs inside a black bag, apparently instructed to give them to someone in Israel.[7] In November 2007, two Palestinian teenagers were detained for interrogation after they were found to be carrying three bombs. A sapper detonated them without incident.[8] In September 2008, a Palestinian woman threw acid in a soldier's face, leaving him blind in one eye.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Behind the Headlines: Improving Palestinian quality of life". Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Israel). Retrieved 2014-01-07.
  2. ^ a b Renovations of notorious Hawara checkpoint meant to benefit soldiers and Palestinians
  3. ^ "Key IDF Checkpoint Neutralized". Israel National News. 2009-01-07. Retrieved 2014-01-07.
  4. ^ IDF to remove major West Bank checkpoint to enable Palestinian movement. Chaim Levinson, Haaretz, 11 February 2011
  5. ^ Palestinians Suffer Ill-Treatment at Huwwara Checkpoint. Al-Haq, 12 December 2013
  6. ^ "Teen Bomber Stopped At West Bank". CBS News. CBS. 2004-03-24. Retrieved 2007-10-09.
  7. ^ Second teen caught with bombs this week at Hawara checkpoint
  8. ^ Youths with bombs stopped at Hawara

Coordinates: 32°10′40″N 35°16′23″E / 32.17778°N 35.27306°E / 32.17778; 35.27306