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Israeli forces assault Palestinian workers at Checkpoint 300

Jan. 27, 2019 11:07 A.M. (Updated: Feb. 1, 2019 10:57 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces assaulted a large number of Palestinian workers, on Sunday morning, as they passed through Checkpoint 300 at the northern entrance of Bethlehem City in the southern occupied West Bank to Jerusalem City.

Eyewitnesses said that Israeli forces assaulted a large number of Palestinian workers, who were making their way to work through the checkpoint, causing fainting, suffocation, and bruises among the workers.

The Palestinian workers, who were assaulted, are daily-commuting workers who hold Israeli entry permits, however, must endure long waits at the Checkpoint 300, one of the only access points Palestinians from the southern West Bank have to Jerusalem and Israel.

Checkpoint 300 was built in 2005 two kilometers inside of the green line, despite rulings by the International Court of Justice that the separation wall was deemed illegal in 2004.

High numbers of Palestinians, especially construction laborers, cross through the checkpoint every day, facing frequent overcrowding and often waiting for hours in line due to Israeli security measures.

Israel maintains severe restrictions on Palestinians' freedom of movement through a complex combination of fixed checkpoints, flying checkpoints, roads forbidden to Palestinians but open exclusively to Jewish settlers, and various other physical obstructions.

At any given time there are about 100 permanent Israeli checkpoints in the West Bank, while surprise flying checkpoints often number into the hundreds.

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