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Saturday, 6 April, 2002, 10:30 GMT 11:30 UK
In pictures: Palestinian commuter's odyssey
It takes Palestinian office worker Olfat Hammad more than three hours to travel the 45 kilometres between Ramallah and Nablus.

It is a journey which should take less than three-quarters of an hour, were it not for official Israeli roadblocks along the usual route to protect a string of its settlements.

2:35 PM - Olfat and her travelling companions prepare to leave Ramallah via a muddy crossing

Kassarat crossing
2:35 PM - The crossing (through a quarry) has a pile of rubble put there by Israeli army bulldozers to stop cars

Kassarat crossing
3:05 PM - Taxis between Ramallah and Nablus are shared between seven passengers

Israeli settlement near Ramallah
3:15 PM - The first road takes us past new Israeli settlements on occupied land - considered illegal under international law

Muddy roads
3:45 PM - Then we have to turn off the settlers' bypass road and head across country...

Palestinian town of Akraba
... an unusual route between the Palestinians' two largest West Bank cities

Burin blockade
4:35 PM - Burin, where the road to Nablus comes to an abrupt end

Burin blockade
4:40 PM - From here Olfat and her companions must climb over the hill to avoid a temporary roadblock

Outside Nablus
It is a stiff climb in full view of the roadblock. The party feels very exposed and fears warning shots from nervous soldiers

Outside Nablus
5:00 PM - The journey down is steeper and more slippery

Outside Nablus
"Can you imagine I do this twice a day," Olfat says in disbelief

Minibus taxis outside Nablus
5:15 PM - We rejoin the road after skirting around the temporary checkpoint

Olfat Hammad phones to say she has completed her journey, and outside her family home
5:35 PM - Relief all round as the commuters complete the last leg of their marathon
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