What was a century-old Turkish hand grenade doing inside
That's the question being asked by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), after discovering the explosive device while engaging in conservation work.
The grenade was discovered during the course of an Old City conservation project underway together with the Jerusalem Development Authority, the Prime Minister’s Office, and the Jerusalem Municipality. The project's goal is to refurbish the walls of the Old City.
On Monday, at a section of the wall near Damascus Gate in the northern wall, a worker was engaged in dismantling parts of a crumbling brick stone that needed to be replaced when he discovered a fist-size chunk of metal inside the wall. In view of its metallic shape and its strange location, police sappers were summoned to the site. Upon examination, they confirmed that this was a grenade dating to the Ottoman period with some 200-300 grams of explosives. The sappers removed the grenade and detonated it in a controlled manner.
Yoram Saad, head of the Implementation Branch of the Israel Antiquities Authority Conservation Department, said, “The stone was partially crushed and someone probably chose it as a place to hide the hand grenade."