In conjunction with the escalation of settler violence and the increase in the construction and expansion of Israeli settlements, Hebron Rehabilitation Committee (HRC) has started the second phase of the rehabilitation project of the street of the Kasbah neighborhood. The road proves to be vital, as it is an arterial road in Hebron's Old City and it connects its markets with each other.
The Director General of HRC, Emad Hamdan, stated that the implementation of this project is of great importance for two reasons. The first is due to the strategic location of the street, which is considered the main entrance to the old town and leading to the Ibrahimi Mosque (Cave of Patriarchs). However, repetitive attacks on shopkeepers and pedestrians have limited the commercial activity of the street and its liveliness.
The second reason attributed to the importance of the project is that it is expected to solve the problem of floods caused by winter rain every year. Hebron Municipality and HRC have exerted enormous efforts towards the solution of this problem during the first phase of the project. Collaboration between HRC and Hebron Municipality is expected to go further as the second phase of the project is connected with one of the projects of Hebron Municipality in the Old Vegetable Market (al- Shuhada Street). It is worth mentioning that the current water conduit is a narrow Roman canal that has eroded and suffered from cracks. Indeed, this conduit is the only channel in Hebron through which all the rain and sewage water passes through.
Hamdan added that, during the past twenty -first years, HRC has successfully been able to restore hundreds of houses and buildings, provide health services, social, educational and recreational activities for the population, and revive the influx of tourism and economic movement in Hebron's markets. HRC has also been able to implement many infrastructure projects. All of these have helped prevent the encroachment of settlers towards the heart of the Old City. Indeed, these achievements are the result of joint work between the Committee and national and international institutions, which have proved apt in safeguarding the cultural heritage of Hebron's Old City and preserving its architectural character.
Eng. Ghassan Idris, the technical director of HRC, pointed out that they encountered a number of challenges during the first phase of the project, including narrow alleys and instances of inactivity and delay due to the practices of the Israeli occupation.
HRC offers its sincere thanks and appreciation to Ooreedo [I Want] Group including Wataniya Mobile for supporting the project and helping towards its success.