— Yousef Munayyer (@YousefMunayyer) January 6, 2014
Ma’an news reports a man was crushed to death on Sunday at the Ephraim/Taybeh checkpoint near the Palestinian city of Tulkarem in the West Bank. He was on his way to work.
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.