Monday, January 6, 2014

Crushed to death: Palestinian man dies at overcrowded West Bank checkpoint

Ephraim/Taybeh checkpoint, West Bank, Occupied Palestine (photo:David Heap/EAPPI)

Witnesses told Ma’an that 59-year-old Adel Muhammad Yakoub from the northern West Bank village of Balaa died as a result of extreme overcrowding inside the Ephraim/Taybeh checkpoint.
They highlighted that some 10,000 Palestinian workers cross through the checkpoint every day and that inspection procedures at the checkpoint go very slowly causing dangerous levels of overcrowding inside the checkpoint.
The victim left behind a wife and seven children, aged 11-16. He is reported to have suffered from heart disease.

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