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Palestinian worker killed in construction accident in Israeli settlement

Dec. 12, 2016 1:36 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 12, 2016 5:30 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian construction worker from Jerusalem was killed on Monday morning in a work accident at a stone and marble factory in the illegal Israeli settlement of Karnei Shomron in the northwestern occupied West Bank.

Israeli Police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri said in a statement that while working in the settlement’s industrial zone, marble sheets hit the worker's head, killing him instantly. She identified the victim as 37-year-old Fayiz Bayyumi. 

Israeli Channel 10 TV reported on its website that the worker was pronounced dead on the scene by Magen David Adom, Israel's national emergency medical service. 

The report quoted a paramedic as saying that the worker suffered from multiple injuries as a result of a heavy object that fell on him.

On Sunday morning, a Palestinian construction worker was killed and two Palestinian workers were injured in a construction accident in the city of Bnei Brak in central Israel.

Al-Samri said in a statement at the time that one of the workers got caught under the rubble of a ceiling that fell during an apartment renovation, and was pronounced dead on the scene by Magen David Adom.

On Monday, after further investigations, al-Samri said that Israeli police detained the contractors responsible for the work site, who she identified as a 33-year-old Jerusalemite with Israeli citizenship and a 51-year-old Palestinian from Ramallah. She said their detention was extended on Monday for causing the death of the worker due to their negligence in providing a safe work environment.  

In September, 33-year-old Ahed Maarouf al-Rimawi from the Ramallah-area town of Beit Rima was killed in the collapse of a construction site in Tel Aviv

Nasser al-Qatami, deputy of the labor ministry, attended the funeral and said that the ministry’s reports indicated that 37 Palestinian workers had died in construction accidents while working in Israel since the start of 2015.

Tens of thousands of Palestinian workers are forced to seek a living by working inside Israel and illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank 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.
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