Cracks and landslides in the neighbourhood of Wadi Hilweh
March 14, 2014

Landslides and wide cracks occurred in the main street of Wadi Hilweh in Silwan on Friday after the area witnessed several days of rainfall which usually reveals the results of the Israeli excavations in the area. Wadi Hilweh Information Center explained in a statement on Friday night that a hole with two meters in diameter and five meters long occurred in the main street of Wadi Hilweh. The cracks spread in the main street which pose a threat to the lives of residents and passers-by. Residents of Silwan guessed that the hole revealed a new tunnel being dug in the area to add to the series of tunnels underneath the neighbourhood of Wadi Hilweh. The Information Center also mentioned that other collapses occurred in a supporting wall that separates the houses of Siam family and Al-Tawil family. This comes after a large collapse that occurred last month in the supporting wall due to the Israeli excavations underneath the houses. Also, the landslides resulted in the removal of 20 trees including Olive trees and Cypresses in the last couple of days. Residents of Wadi Hilweh held the occupation municipality responsible for the collapses and landslides occurring near their houses because of neglect and inaction in the restoration of the collapse that recently occurred. The collapse also led to flooding in sewer extensions and caused damages to the neighbouring houses especially the families of Al-Tawil and Salaymeh. Wadi Hilweh Information Center warned of more dangerous cracks and collapses in the neighbourhood of Wadi Hilweh in the future that will be revealed due to the continuous rainfall in the city for the past two days and pointed out that similar collapses occurred last December due to the snow storm that hit the city.  

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