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Palestinian worker dies in construction accident in Israel, 2 injured

Dec. 11, 2016 1:23 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 11, 2016 5:03 P.M.)
Apartment renovation ceiling collapse that killed one and injured two Palestinian construction workers in Israel (Israeli Police, File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- 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 on Sunday morning, according to Israeli police.

Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri said in a statement 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, Israel's national emergency medical service.

Israeli news site Ynet reported that the worker who was killed was 33 years old, that a 23-year-old worker sustained moderate wounds, and a 29-year-old worker sustained minor wounds.

According to al-Samri, the two injured were taken to Tel Hashomer Hospital in Tel Aviv, while the worker who died was taken to Tel Aviv’s institute of forensic medicine.

Ynet quoted a Magen David Adom paramedic as saying "we went to the third floor where we found a worker aged 33 under the rubble, and with help from firefighters we pulled him out, but he was unconscious and showed no signs of pulse and breathing.”

Al-Samri later identified the slain Palestinian as 22-year-old Abd al-Mahdi Halayqa from the village of Shuyukh al-Arrub in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron.

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

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.

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