An illegal Palestinian construction worker was critically injured Monday at a construction site in Tel Aviv and then dumped on a city street, Haaretz reported on Tuesday. The man was rushed to the hospital after passersby called Magen David Adom, but he died of his injuries.
Police said they had been informed of the incident, and that an investigation would be opened if it became apparent that someone in need was indeed abandoned.
According to the report, a number of witnesses saw the man — he was later identified as 54-year-old Ahsan Abu Srur, from a village near Nablus — who had a apparently sustained severe injuries, being dragged from a construction site to the pavement by a contractor.
Srur had been “working for this contractor for a week already,” a second Palestinian laborer was quoted by Haaretz as saying. “Yesterday I saw him working with a hammer and apparently something fell on him and he was hurt badly. I saw the contractor come running with two of his workers — he took him by the hands and the others took him by his legs and they threw him to the pavement across the street.”
MDA said it was called about a man lying on the street with no pulse or breathing, and that paramedics were dispatched to the scene. “The man was taken to hospital while resuscitation attempts were ongoing, but shortly afterward his death was announced at Ichilov Hospital.”
A police officer reportedly took notes and questioned the man identified as the contractor. However, the report said, a number of witnesses said the police seemed not to care about their version of the events and refused to talk to them.