Following years of relative quiet, the Israeli Defence Force started dismantling the concrete security barrier at Gilo, nearly a decade after its erection. Gilo, Israel. 15/08/2010
From 2000, Beit Jala, a predominantly Palestinian Christian town was used as a base by Fatah's Tanzim gunmen to launch sniper and mortar attacks on Gilo, a neighbourhood of Jerusalem. The Israeli government built a concrete barrier and installed bulletproof windows in the homes and schools on the periphery of Gilo, facing Beit Jala. The attacks on Gilo subsided after Operation Defensive Shield, with the rate slowing to three incidents of gunfire that year. On August 15, 2010, following years of relative quiet, the IDF started dismantling the concrete barrier, nearly a decade after its erection.