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And Wall construction proceeds relentlessly
Continued Construction of the Annexation Wall

On Friday noon, 4 February 2005, dozens of Palestinian civilians organized a peaceful demonstration in protest of the confiscation of hundreds of donums of land in Kharas village, west of Hebron, for the purpose of the construction of the wall. IOF fired tear gas canisters at the demonstrators. As a result, 4 demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation.

The heavy rain and resulting floods cause severe damage to Palestinian residential and agricultural areas located near the annexation wall in the north of the West Bank. According to sources of Qalqilya Municipality,300 - 400donums of agricultural land were covered by floods as the pipelines of rain water disposal located under the wall were closed. The floods also covered a number of houses and animal and chicken farms. According to eyewitnesses, many people were trapped inside their houses and many animals and at least 6000 birds were killed. According to eyewitnesses, the floods affected the villages of Beit Amin, Sneeria, Flamia and Jayous near Qaliqlya. IOF had already established part of the wall8 -meters-high to the west of Qalqilya.

Floods also trapped at least 200Palestinian civilians in Zabbouba village, west of Jenin. According to the local council of the village, 33 houses, where at least 200 civilians live, were trapped on Sunday, 6 February2005 , between al-Ghar Valley and the annexation wall. These houses were isolated from the rest of the village as the valley crosses through the center of the village.

On Tuesday, 8 February2005 , the Israeli High Court issued two decisions regarding the construction of the wall. According to the first decision, the construction of the wall to the northwest of Jerusalem will be resumed. This new decision cancelled a court ruling that was issued 3 weeks ago stopping the construction of the wall in the area. In the second decision, the court obligated Palestinian civilians from Kherbat al-No`man village, northeast of Bethlehem, to negotiate the route of the wall to the east of the village with IOF.

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