IDF to Dismantle Jerusalem Barrier Erected During Intifada

Army spokesman says barrier's removal reflects the stable security situation seen at this particular site in recent years.

On Sunday, the Israeli army will begin dismantling a concrete barrier installed eight years ago, during the second intifada, to shield Jerusalem's Gilo neighborhood from arms fire from the neighboring West Bank Arab town of Beit Jala.

Protective wall in Jerusalem's Gilo neighborhood.Daniel Bar-On

The wall was installed along the eastern edge of Gilo, the area at which the shooting was directed.

The worst incident in the vicinity at the time saw a border policeman critically injured after being shot in the head.

A spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces said the barrier's removal reflects the stable security situation seen at this particular site in recent years.