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Undocumented Palestinian detained in Ashkelon after widespread search

Aug. 27, 2017 6:17 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 27, 2017 6:17 P.M.)
Israeli border police (AFP, File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- About an hour after an Israeli police spokesperson announced that "a massive search" for an undocumented Palestinian was underway in the coastal city of Ashkelon, a young Palestinian man was detained and interrogated for not having an Israeli permit.

Luba al-Samri said Israeli forces had been "alerted to a Palestinian who entered the city without a legal permit" Sunday afternoon, which sparked heightened security measures and police searches throughout the city.

Under Israel’s permit regime, Palestinian residents of the occupied West Bank are not allowed to access occupied East Jerusalem or Israel without an Israeli-issued permit, and many risk being shot and injured while trying to cross into Israel 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.
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