Israel says barrier to spare ancient Palestinian village

Palestinian children swim in the ancient spring in the West Bank village of Battir, located between Jerusalem and Bethlehem, on June 17, 2012Israel does not intend to build its separation barrier through the lands of a Palestinian village south of Jerusalem renowned for its ancient irrigation system, court documents showed Sunday. Residents of Battir, which straddles the Green Line, had in 2012 petitioned Israel’s supreme court against defence ministry plans to build the barrier adjacent to and in places through their Roman-era terraces.

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