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Undocumented Palestinian worker injured following Israeli police raid on construction site

Dec. 3, 2016 7:53 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 4, 2016 8:05 P.M.)
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian worker sustained serious injuries after falling in a construction site on Saturday following an Israeli police raid on the site where he was working, according to the Israeli police.

Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri said in a statement that police officers broke into a construction site in the Israeli city of Kiryat Malachi in search of Palestinian workers who did not have Israeli work permits.

According to al-Samri, police officers stopped three "suspects," one of whom "claimed his identity card was in a nearby place" and asked for permission to fetch it.

She added that police officers escorted the other two to a police vehicle parked near the construction site and waited for the third "suspect" to come back.

“After waiting enough time, police officers went back to the construction site to find the third suspect lying on the ground with serious injuries,” al-Samri said.

Al-Samri said the man was taken to hospital, and that Israeli police suspected that the worker fell while trying to run away.

Palestinian residents of the West Bank are not allowed to access occupied East Jerusalem or Israel without an Israel-issued permit. A number of Palestinians have been shot while allegedly trying to cross into Jerusalem to work.

Tens of thousands of Palestinian workers are forced to seek a living by working in Israel due to crippling unemployment in the West Bank, as the growth of an independent Palestinian economy has been stifled under the ongoing Israeli military occupation, according to rights groups.

Israeli authorities have imposed a massive crackdown on undocumented workers in Israel in recent months, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying in March that since a wave of violence began last fall -- which to date has left a total of 245 Palestinians and 36 Israelis killed -- “a large proportion of (Palestinian) attackers were present in Israel illegally or infiltrated into Israel illegally.”

Israeli authorities have also detained a number of Palestinians who entered illegally into Israel over suspicions that they may have been involved in arson, following a week of large-scale fires in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory.
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