BETHLEHEM, February 17, 2016 (WAFA) – A Palestinian worker Wednesday was injured after he fell on the ground from a high place, while being chased by Israeli soldiers near Jerusalem, according to security sources.
Sources said Wajdi Najajra, 30, was on his way to work in Jerusalem when Israeli soldiers chased after him in Wadi Abul-Hummus valley, southeast of the city, before he fell from a high place. Najajra sustained a fracture in his right foot due to the incident.
The Palestinian Red Crescent said it has been approached by the Israeli army who handed over Najajra to the Palestinian side via Mazmoria checkpoint, south of Jerusalem.
According to Israeli human rights group, B’Tselem, “Israel has strict criteria for the approval of work permits [to Palestinians] and issues no more permits than the number fixed in an occasionally revised quota.”
In June 2013, B’Tselem staff visited the Tarqumya and Eyal Checkpoints, through which Palestinians with work permits enter Israel. The organization found “harsh conditions of overcrowding, long lines, and cases of humiliation during inspection.”