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Palestinian worker falls, dies in Israeli construction site

Dec. 14, 2015 12:12 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 15, 2015 12:06 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- A Palestinian worker died Monday morning in a construction site in al-Hadera city near Haifa in northern Israel, Israeli sources told Ma'an.

Sources identified the victim as Younis Mahmoud al-Haroush, 34, from the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron. He died after falling from 20 meters at the site.

Israeli medics attempted to save the man's life, but were unable to.

Israeli police are investigating the incident.

According to Israeli workers' rights group Kav LaOved, the rate of work accidents in construction sites in Israel increases every year, mostly due to falling from great heights, adding that "after these accidents, Palestinian workers are left to pay for hospital bills and are given no benefits or compensation."

On Tuesday, the Labor, Welfare and Health Committee of the Israeli Knesset is scheduled to discuss work accidents on construction sites.

In 2014 the number of West Bank Palestinians working in Israel doubled in the last four years to about 92,000, according to Israeli news source Haaretz.

Over 30 percent of those working in Israel work without a permit, according to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, and are often subject to harsh working conditions with few protections.

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