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Israeli police detain undocumented Palestinian workers, demolish camp

July 28, 2016 2:06 P.M. (Updated: July 29, 2016 10:32 A.M.)
Israeli police forces demolish an encampment near the Israeli city of Tamra, in which a group of undocumented Palestinian workers had been residing, on July 28, 2016. (Credit: Israeli police)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli police forces detained 10 Palestinians working in Israel without permits and demolished a camp in which the workers were residing, Israeli police said on Thursday.

According to Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri, Israeli authorities found an encampment in an area near the northern Israeli city of Tamra, in which a number of undocumented workers were staying.

The camp, consisting of eight structures including bathrooms and kitchens, was demolished, and its connection to water pipes was also severed.

Al-Samri added that 10 Palestinians were detained for residing and working in Israel without permits, adding that Israeli authorities would pursue legal procedures against the workers and their employers.

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 rights groups.

Israeli authorities have imposed a massive crackdown on undocumented workers in Israel in recent months, which initially surged following a deadly attack in the Israeli port of Jaffa in March carried out by a Palestinian who had illegally crossed the border out of the occupied West Bank.

In the wake of a deadly gun attack in Tel Aviv in April, wide-scale raids began anew, detaining dozens of Palestinians, while Israeli authorities also revoked 83,000 permits for Palestinians residing the occupied West Bank to visit Jerusalem and Israel for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Earlier this month, some 2,700 residents of the village of Bani Naim in Hebron had their work permits revoked after a series of attacks and alleged attacks were carried out by residents of the village.

Israeli police forces demolish an encampment near the Israeli city of Tamra, in which a group of undocumented Palestinian workers had been residing, on July 28, 2016. (Credit: Israeli police)
Israeli police forces demolish an encampment near the Israeli city of Tamra, in which a group of undocumented Palestinian workers had been residing, on July 28, 2016. (Credit: Israeli police)
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