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Palestinian construction worker critically injured in southern Israel work accident

Dec. 13, 2016 3:16 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 13, 2016 3:16 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian worker from the Negev in southern Israel was critically injured on Tuesday morning after falling from scaffolding at a construction site in the Israeli coastal city of Ashdod, according to Israeli police. 

Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri said in a statement that the worker was from the Abu Rabea family.

The extent of his injuries remained unclear.

The incident came amid a string of accidents on Israeli construction sites in the occupied West Bank and Israel that have resulted in the injury and death of a number of Palestinian workers.

On Monday morning37-year-old Fayiz Bayyumi from Jerusalem was killed in a work accident at a stone and marble factory in the illegal Israeli settlement of Karnei Shomron in the northwestern occupied West Bank.

Al-Samri said at the time that while working in the settlement’s industrial zone, marble sheets hit the worker's head, killing him instantly. 

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. Israeli police later detained two contractors responsible for the work site, who were accused of 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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