The Israeli Antiquities Authority begins digging in the yard of Dung Gate
Employees of the Israeli Antiquities Authority started digging on Tuesday in a land that belongs to Siam family, near the yard of Dung Gate in the village of Silwan. Wadi Hilweh Information Center staff said that employees of the Israeli Antiquities Authority placed metal poles in holes they constructed on Monday at the entrance of a yard in the neighbourhood of Wadi Hilweh, noting that the entrance was opened from a land that belongs to Siam family (for general use). They also said the police forces were securing the employees while they were working, claiming that they have the necessary permits but refused to show it to the residents. Residents of Silwan prevented the employees from working on Monday and placed tin plates, but they came back on Tuesday with the police guarding them and proceeded with their digging. The occupation authorities seek to establish “Kedem Center” on the yard of Dung Gate at the entrance of Wadi Hilweh and just few steps away from the outside walls of Al-Aqsa Mosque, and according to their schemes, the center will consist of seven floors with an area of 3000 square meters.