Israeli soldiers opened a Nablus thoroughfare for the first time in 9 years according to Maan News Agency. On Monday, Palestinian officials and liaisons of the Israeli army presided over the opening of the road from Nablus to the village of An-Naqura.

The governor of Nablus has prioritized the re-paving of the road so it can be fully functional as soon as possible.

When the road was closed in 2002, it forced villagers to take long detours, and prevented many of them from accessing all of their fields. Now with the road open, villagers in the north will have direct access to Nablus and to their fields.

The Israeli army closed many roads and constructed many checkpoints during the Second Intifada, a number of which are still in place though the violence has completely subsided.