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Israeli volunteer shoots, kills Palestinian worker in northern Israel

Nov. 30, 2013 10:36 A.M. (Updated: Dec. 5, 2013 12:41 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A volunteer for the Israeli border police shot and killed a young Palestinian worker in Petah Tikva early Saturday, Israeli media and a police spokesman said.

According to the Israeli news site Ynet, the volunteer shot the Palestinian in Yarkon Cemetery while conducting a search for "people residing in Israel illegally."

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld confirmed the incident.

"Border police in the night were searching for illegal Palestinian workers," Rosenfeld told Ma'an via text message.

He said a Palestinian worker "attempted to stab" an Israeli border police volunteer, who shot the worker in response.

The worker was "injured critically and died soon after," Rosenfeld said.

Forty undocumented workers were detained during the search, he added.

A Palestinian official identified the body of the worker as 24-year-old Antar Shalabi Mahmoud al-Aqraa from the West Bank village of Qabalan south of Nablus.

Mujahid Abu Dayyah, director of the Palestinian liaison department, said that the Israeli liaison department notified its Palestinian counterpart of the victim's identity.

Locals of Qabalan village denied that al-Aqraa tried to stab the volunteer.

"Israel is ... treating workers in a terroristic, barbarian way," said Shahir Saad, head of Palestinian general federation of workers.

Al-Aqraa "was executed this morning," Saad said.

He was the eldest of his parents' 14 children, al-Aqraa's uncle Aziz told Ma'an.

"Antar has been working in Israel for several years, working day and night in order to save enough money for his wedding, which was scheduled for three weeks from now," his uncle said.

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