The IDF on Thursday lifted a roadblock at the Yehuda junction in the West Bank to enable Palestinian trucks to travel freely between Hebron and Tarkumia. In recent years since the eruption of the second intifada the junction had been closed to Palestinian traffic, forcing trucks to take a roundabout way, extending their travel time significantly. The IDF said that the junction would now be open daily between 5-7 a.m. and 9 a.m- 1 p.m.. Later in the week the IDF was considering lifting another roadblock in northern Samaria. Since the IDF began easing restrictions in the West Bank close to a hundred roadblocks have been lifted. The IDF noted that the opening of the Yehuda junction was of economic importance for Palestinians.