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Live Ottoman-era grenade found in Jerusalem wall

A live grenade from the Ottoman-era has been found inside a wall in Jerusalem’s Old City.

The Israel Antiquities Authority says workers doing restoration at the city’s historic stone walls were digging through crushed stone when they found a “fist-sized chunk of metal.”

The antiquities agency said on Wednesday the workers concluded it was a grenade hidden there about 100 years ago.

Police bomb disposal experts later identified it as an Ottoman-era grenade holding 200 to 300 grams of explosives — enough to kill a person at close range. The bomb squad took it away and blew it up in a safe place.

Jerusalem’s Old City was controlled by the Ottoman Empire for 400 years before the British captured it in 1917. It has been the site of countless battles.

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