In pictures…the collapse of a supporting wall in the neighbourhood of Wadi Hilweh due to the Israeli excavations
February 26, 2014

A supporting wall collapsed on Wednesday morning in the neighbourhood of Wadi Hilweh in Silwan south of Al-Aqsa Mosque due to the continuous Israeli excavations underneath the houses. Residents of Wadi Hilweh woke up at 3 a.m. to the sounds of a huge collapse, and when they checked the area they were surprised by the collapse of a supporting wall that is 15 meters wide and 3 meters high. One of those affected, Nadim Bader, said that he heard the noise which sounded like an earthquake at 3 a.m. and was surprised by the collapse of the wall that separates his house from the neighboring houses. He added: “I quickly evacuated my wife and children from the bedrooms in order to protect them because of the strength of collapse.” He explained that four families were affected by the collapse and they are: Salaymeh, Bader, Tawil and Ja’bari. The collapse blocked the entrances of the houses and the families had to clean the area in order to help the residents leave their houses. The wall has been established for more than 20 years is built from concrete. The affected residents confirmed that they continuously hear the sounds of excavations underneath their houses at night time where heavy duty machines are used, and they suffer from cracks in the walls and ceilings of their houses for several years now; note that they renovate their houses every now and then in order to protect themselves.  



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