"The situation greatly improved."
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Concrete barrier removed in Jerusalem
JERUSALEM, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- The dismantling began Sunday of a concrete barrier erected in the second intifada to protect Jerusalem residents from Palestinian sniper fire.
At the outbreak of the second intifada in October 2000, Palestinian snipers positioned themselves in Beit Jalla -- separated by a deep gorge from the Jerusalem neighborhood -- and shot at Israelis.
A decision was made two years later to erect high concrete barriers along the side of the neighborhood that overlooks the Palestinian areas, to enhance residents' security.
Home Front command officer Lt. Gen. Hezi Revivo Sunday said a decision was made to dismantle the barrier because of the greatly improved situation.
"The security situation in the area has greatly improved in recent years and there is no need to leave the barrier standing. However, if in the future the situation deteriorates and residents once again are threatened, we will erect it again," he told Israel Radio.Read more at www.upi.com