Severe flooding has swept away parts of a concrete barrier erected by Israeli authorities, effectively isolating the Shuafat Palestinian refugee camp from the rest of East Jerusalem.
On Thursday evening, Palestinian residents circulated video clips showing heavy torrents of rain that have pounded the area since Wednesday, resulting in the collapse of several parts of the concrete wall.
“[The] security fence in the Shuafat area collapsed as a result of flash floods in the Jerusalem area. Border police are at the scene,” Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld tweeted. According to Rosenfeld, Israeli troops have also been sent to the area to prevent Palestinians from crossing into the adjacent area.