Residents want barrier around Walaja rerouted.
AL-WALAJAH, Palestinian Territories — Omar Hajaj says he will soon be caged "like a zoo animal," with an electric fence encircling his house and his village hemmed in by the notorious West Bank barrier.
Al Walaja in the West Bank turned into an enclave despite residents' protests
Soldiers and Border Police officers imposed curfew this on the village of alWalaja this morning as olive tree uprooting for the construction of the Wall resumed there and in the adjacent town of Beit Jala, where two demonstrators were injured and two were arrested.
Ban met representatives of the Popular Committees in the West bank and received a letter from them during a tour of the Wall held by Palestinian PM Salam Fayyad North of Jerusalem.
A playground that was pulverized by bulldozers clearing path for the Wall in Beit Jala last week was rebuilt by the community and supporters today.
The bulldozers working in the ancient olive grove to clear path for a new section of the Wall were met by Palestinian, Israeli and international demonstrators who tried to stop the uprooting
Despite the barrages of Israeli tear gas, sound grenades, foul-smelling spray and sometimes bullets - rubber coated and occasionally live - the protesters at the Palestinian village of Bilin keep going back for more.
Villagers claim a small victory on the fifth anniversary of their protests in the West Bank
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