Five Palestinian workers were shot and injured on Tuesday morning after Israeli soldiers opened fire on them near the Apartheid Wall in occupied northern West Bank city of Tulkarem.
Israeli occupation soldiers manning the checkpoint shot tear gas into the large crowd who were attempting to get to work, causing dozens of others to suffocate from excessive tear gas inhalation.
The five wounded victims were rushed to Thabet Government Hospital in Tulkarem, Palestinian medical sources said.
Medics confirmed the casualties were shot towards their lower extremities and described their situation as “moderate.”
Meanwhile, Israeli soldiers situated near the gate through the Israeli Apartheid Wall at Dahr Al-Abed, southwest of Jenin, shot and wounded a young man from the Palestinian village of Arabeh.
The Palestinian was identified as Saif Iyad Wajih Al-Ardah.
Following the shooting, Al-Ardah was interrogated and transported to the Barta’a military checkpoint, and interrogated before being handed over to Palestinian medics with the Red Crescent Society.
Palestinians have long complained of the volatile conditions at checkpoints.
Large numbers of Palestinians who queue before dawn every day – especially construction workers – pass the checkpoint every day to make it on time for their jobs in Israel.
They face extreme overcrowding and often wait for hours due to severe inspection procedures as every person must pass through metal turnstiles, one at a time.
Israeli soldiers severely restrict Palestinians’ freedom of movement through a complex combination of approximately 560 fixed checkpoints, flying checkpoints, settler-only roads and various other physical obstructions.
Many Palestinians are escaping high unemployment rates in the occupied West Bank, while others prefer to work in Israel for the better wages, at times receiving more than double than what they would make in the West Bank.
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