Israeli soldiers installed an iron fence around the village of ZÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ayyeim, east of Jerusalem completely separating it from the city.
Omar Sbeih, head of ZÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ayyeim village council, reported that the village in now surrounded by a fence which is 1500 meters long and 2 meters high.
ZÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ayyeim village is inhibited by 4000 residents, 90% if the residents are bearers of Jerusalem identity cards.
Sbeih said that this fence was installed in order to isolate the residents of the village and bar them from entering Jerusalem.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The village is considered the eastern gate of Jerusalem; it separates it from Maali Adumim settlementÃ¢â‚¬Â, Sbeih said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Dozens of residents are leaving their homes now, leaving their village as a result of the Israeli proceduresÃ¢â‚¬Â.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“This fence is part of the Israeli illegal practices which aim to isolate the Palestinian residents, and separate them from JerusalemÃ¢â‚¬Â, Sbeih added.