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Palestinians marking the 64 anniversary of al-Nakba (catastrophe) with protests, while Israeli security reacted with conducted arrests campaigns on May 15Palestinians marking the 64 anniversary of al-Nakba (catastrophe) with protests, while Israeli security reacted with conducted arrests campaigns on May 15Palestinians marking the 64 anniversary of al-Nakba (catastrophe) with protests, while Israeli security reacted with conducted arrests campaigns on May 15Palestinians marking the 64 anniversary of al-Nakba (catastrophe) with protests, while Israeli security reacted with conducted arrests campaigns on May 15Palestinians marking the 64 anniversary of al-Nakba (catastrophe) with protests, while Israeli security reacted with conducted arrests campaigns on May 15Palestinians marking the 64 anniversary of al-Nakba (catastrophe) with protests, while Israeli security reacted with conducted arrests campaigns on May 15Palestinians marking the 64 anniversary of al-Nakba (catastrophe) with protests, while Israeli security reacted with conducted arrests campaigns on May 15Palestinians marking the 64 anniversary of al-Nakba (catastrophe) with protests, while Israeli security reacted with conducted arrests campaigns on May 15Palestinians marking the 64 anniversary of al-Nakba (catastrophe) with protests, while Israeli security reacted with conducted arrests campaigns on May 15Palestinians marking the 64 anniversary of al-Nakba (catastrophe) with protests, while Israeli security reacted with conducted arrests campaigns on May 15

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A report issued by JCSERs Research & Documentation Unit noted that dozens of real estates in Jerusalems Old City & Silwan, southern Old City, are threatened with imminent collapse due to Israels ongoing excavations taking place beneath and in their surroundings, especially in the wide circle surrounding Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The collapse that occurred two days ago in the UNRWA Girls Primary School in Silwan was a natural result of a wide-range and complicated excavations taking place in large areas of Silwan underneath citizens property, especially in Ein Hilwa & Ein Al-Lozeh areas.

Dozens of citizens property along the path of these excavations are threatened with imminent collapse. Some of them have been cracked and are no longer fit for human habitation. They are likely to collapse if the Israeli excavations continue underneath and in their surroundings.

The report noted that the collapse that occurred beneath one of the classrooms was caused by removing large amounts of soil and rocks. The students fell in a two-meter depth hole. According to citizens, the hole was estimated at three meters in nearby areas. The path of the excavations goes directly to the wall of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, where the school is 100 meters away.

As for the Israeli excavations in the Old City, the report notes that most of the excavations are taking place underneath the Mosque and in its surrounding. The pace of the excavations has increased with the commencement of the construction of a number of Jewish synagogues in Ash-Sharaf Quarter known as the Jewish Quarter and in Al-Wad Street close to Al-Qatanin Market, where a huge Jewish synagogue has been inaugurated (four floors above the ground and two floors under the ground). The construction of the synagogue is underway.

In Silwan, there are more than 70 settlement nucleuses in the Old City, surrounding Al-Aqsa Mosque. They are connected to each other with a network of tunnels, mostly pass underneath dozens of citizens property. Many of the property suffered cracks and splits. JCSERs Director General, said, The continuation of the excavations in the current high pace threaten the foundations of the Al-Aqsa Mosque to a large extent, as well as dozens of inhabited houses. This may lead to a humanitarian catastrophe.He adds, What happened in Silwan where the ground floor of one of the classrooms was collapsed is a clear indication of what might happen to the cracked property in the future.

He noted that a large number of houses in the Old City are in urgent need of renovation. The Jerusalem Municipality, however, imposes strict restrictions on granting renovation licenses, while it grants Jewish settlement societies huge facilities to do renovations in the settlement nucleuses, and building licenses to add new additions to the existing ones.