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Wed Dec 14, 2011, 07:25 PM

Vast New Barrier Keeps Refugee Camp Out Of Holy City [View all]

By Majeda El Batsh | AFP 52 mins ago

On the edge of Jerusalem's Shuafat refugee camp, the final touches are being put to a towering barrier and huge crossing point that locals say will hem them in and cut off the camp from the Holy City.

Running battles erupt almost daily between stone-throwing locals and Israeli security forces protecting work on the vast terminal which will soon be the only way into Jerusalem for the area's 50,000 residents.

Residents say they will be isolated from east Jerusalem, where most of them study, work and shop.

They will be left on the West Bank side of the barrier, while remaining technically inside the municipal boundaries of Jerusalem.

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