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Israeli forces shoot, injure Palestinian worker trying to cross separation wall

Aug. 14, 2017 12:00 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 14, 2017 5:31 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces shot and injured a Palestinian man as he attempted to cross from the occupied West Bank into Israel on Monday morning, witnesses told Ma’an.

The witnesses said that Anas Hijazi, a 25-year-old resident of the Hebron-area village of al-Rihiya, was shot in the right foot as he was trying to climb over Israel’s illegal separation wall in the Wadi Abu al-Hummus area on the outskirts of the village of Dar Salah in the Bethlehem district of the southern West Bank.

Hijazi was transported by Palestinian Red Crescent medics away from the scene to the Beit Jala public hospital for treatment.

A spokesperson for Israeli police could not immediately be reached for comment on the case.

Palestinian residents of the West Bank are not allowed to access occupied East Jerusalem or Israel without an Israel-issued permit, and many risk being shot and injured while trying to cross into Israel to work.

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 half-century-long Israeli military occupation, according to rights groups.
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