The most notorious military checkpoint in the West Bank is undergoing renovations that are meant to turn it into slightly less of a nightmare for the Israel Defense Forces soldiers posted there and the Palestinians that pass through.
At the Hawara checkpoint, Palestinians are forced to wait in line for hours in order to make the short trip between Ramallah and Nablus.
Hawara is the biggest, most crowded and most volatile checkpoint in the West Bank. IDF soldiers confiscate ammunition and explosives there on a regular basis. In September, a soldier at Hawara was blinded in one eye when a Palestinian woman threw acid in his face.
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