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Israel detains 68 undocumented Palestinian workers

Aug. 26, 2018 12:13 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 27, 2018 12:56 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Israeli border police detained at least 68 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank on predawn Sunday, for attempting to enter Jerusalem without the difficult-to-obtain Israeli work permits, to provide living for their families.

According to local sources, Israeli forces detained 68 undocumented Palestinian workers between the ages 20 to 60 years old throughout the southern West Bank district of Hebron and its surrounding areas.

Sources confirmed that the detainees were all transferred to an unknown location for further interrogation.

Sources mentioned that a 20-year-old Palestinian worker from the Yatta area in Hebron district, suffered various fractures in his hands and legs, while he was attempting to pass over Israel's security fence and jumped off it after being chased by Israeli border police.

The identity of the injured Palestinian worker remained unknown.

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.

The crackdown on undocumented workers has typically come in the form of Israeli police raids inside Israel or Jerusalem on work sites or residences where workers or staying, while preventative Israeli army raids in the West Bank are less common.

B'Tselem reported that Israel’s continued occupation of the Palestinian territory and its effective crippling of the Palestinian economy meant it was "obligated to find ways to bring Palestinian laborers into Israel."

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