West Bank (The Inside Palestine)- A Palestinian workman from the West Bank town of Araqah was injured on Wednesday when an Israeli soldier opened fire at him as he was trying to reach a workplace in the 1948 occupied lands (Israel).
According to local sources, a worker identified as Ahmed Mohamed was injured in his leg by Israeli gunfire at a security fence near Barta’a town in the southwest of Jenin.
The worker, who received medical assistance in a local hospital, was trying to travel to a workplace inside Israel when he was shot at.
According to Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, tens of thousands of Palestinians from the West Bank enter Israel every day for work, but about a third has no choice but to risk entering without permits.
“They are caught between a rock and hard place: On one hand, Israel issues permits sparingly, based on arbitrarily chosen stringent criteria. On the other hand, it prevents the development of an independent Palestinian economy by restricting imports, exports, industrial development and movement, and by taking over land reserves and other Palestinian resources. This leaves Palestinians with no possibility to make a substantial living within the West Bank,” B’Tselem said.
Source: The Palestinian Information Center