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A group of protestors open a hole in the separation wall between al Ezzariyeh and Ras-al-Amud

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By Editor - May 17, 2013
Section: [Main News] [Life under Occupation]
Tags: [Israeli Wall]

At around 7pm on Friday 17 May, a group of Palestinian demonstrators carrying Palestinian flags from Al Ezzariyeh, an East Jerusalem neighborhood located behind the 'separation barrier' on the West Bank side, managed to dig an opening in the Wall and into Ras al Amud at the Abu Dis - Ras Kupsa junction. The protestors took advantage of a part of the wall made of bricks, smashed them in and cut the metal supporting beams in order to open a hole big enough to let a man pass through.

The Israeli army arrived on the scene shortly thereafter and stationed a couple of armored jeeps on the Ras al Amud side to gard the hole, while troops went in pursuit of the culprits inside al Ezzariyeh where they were met by more demonstrators. Clashes ensued during which the soldiers fired teargas and soundbombs. Al Ezzariyeh residents in that area have reported feeling the effects of teargas from within their homes.

The East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras al Amud on Mount of Olives used to be part of al Ezzariyeh, with the Abu Dis - Ras Kupsa junction at the heart of the village. The construction of the Wall separated the village into two distinct neighborhoods, leaving entire families with members on each side and killing most of the businesses around.

At midnight, clashes were still ongoing. The word on social media and among residents is that several residents of Al Ezzariyeh, who managed to enter into Rasl al Amuc through the hole, had made it to the Al Aqsa mosque.

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