Palestinian Squat Discovered in Well-baby Clinic Attic

Complaints by clinic employees of noises coming from roof turns out to be hideout for around 30 illegal Palestinian workers.

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A view of Rahat.
A view of Rahat.Credit: Eliyahu Hershkovitz

A hideout for Palestinians illegally residing in Israel was discovered in the attic of a well-baby clinic in Rahat on Monday, Walla reported.

Employees of the Tipat Halav ("Drop of Milk") center in southern Israel, which provides prenatal and toddler health-care, complained of noises coming from the roof, thinking it may be the result of cracks in the ceiling and feared it may even collapse.

A contractor along with several municipal workers who came to inspect the ceiling Monday morning discovered rows of mattresses serving as beds for Palestinians who apparently had infiltrated Israel without permit.

Rahat Mayor Talal Al–Krenawi told Walla News some 30 Palestinians had been sleeping in the attic. The report does not mention where the Palestinians are from or whether anyone from the municipality actually located them.

According to the mayor, severe damage was caused to the clinic building and municipal workers said it was a miracle the ceiling hadn't collapsed. "The plywall nearly caved in. Imagine what could have happened if the ceiling collapsed on clinic patients. It would have ended very badly," the mayor said.

The municipality has filed a complaint with Israel Police, which opened an investigation into the incident.

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