BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Residents of Bethlehem and nearby villages awoke to loud blasts Thursday as Israeli construction crews dynamited a planned route of the separation wall.
“It was routine construction for the fence,” an Israeli army spokeswoman told Ma’an.
The blasts were related to controversial construction of a separation wall cutting through the village of Walaja, which abuts an Israeli settlement outside Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank.
Footage of one of the explosions later Thursday was uploaded to YouTube by Anne Paq of the Active Stills photo agency. Villagers said explosions near houses in Walaja were to make room for the wall which will surround the village, Paq told Ma’an, adding that previous blasts had damaged houses.
The village holds regular protests against construction of the wall and settlements.
(www.maannews.net / 03.11.2011)