(Communicated by the IDF Spokesperson)

As a part of the general plan of goodwill measures authorized by the Minister of Defense, and as a result of the significant decrease in terror attacks originating from Nablus, a number of steps are being taken in order to improve the daily life of the Palestinian population in the region.

Today, Sunday, March 15th, 2009, the Beit-Iba crossing, located northwest of Nablus, which has been operating since 2001, will be opened for free passage. The process of removing the physical infrastructure will also begin today. This step is intended to improve Palestinian movement throughout northern Samaria. The villages of Qusin and Sarra will now be connected to the Nablus area. The removal of the crossing will also ease passage from Nablus to Jenin and Tulkarm.

This step is in addition to the imminent removal of a roadblock which was placed in the village of Sarra, west of Nablus.

In order to ensure the security of the region, a small checkpoint will be placed near the Palestinian village of Deir Sharaf, northwest of Nablus. Vehicles will only be checked at random at the checkpoint.

The IDF will continue to operate according to the decisions made by the political echelon and in accord with security assessments, in order to further ease the routine life of the Palestinian population in Judea and Samaria, while continuously fighting terror and maintaining the safety of the citizens of the state of Israel.