JENIN, February 1, 2021 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Monday evening shot and injured a Palestinian young man near Barta‘a town, southwest of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, according to local sources.
They confirmed that Israeli troops opened fire toward a young man from the nearby town of Silat al-Harithiya as he was attempting to enter Israel en route to his workplace, injuring him in one of his feet.
The casualty was rushed to a hospital for treatment.
Meanwhile, a young man from Barta‘a was detained as he attempted to cross the checkpoint at the entrance of the town back to his house.
Hundreds of Palestinians work in Israel without a permit and often police chase them and detain them before sending them back to the occupied West Bank where work is more scarce than in Israel and pay is much less.
A large number of Palestinians, especially construction workers, pass the checkpoint every day, facing extreme overcrowding and often waiting for hours in line due inspection procedures as every person must pass through metal turnstiles one-at-a-time.
Israeli severely restricts Palestinians’ freedom of movement through a complex combination of approximately 100 fixed checkpoints, flying checkpoints, settler-only roads and various other physical obstructions.