Police accompanied by veterinary inspectors operating in the Israeli Arab municipality of Dir el-Assad uncovered ten tons of meat from illegal slaughter in a local butcher shop. The meat was confiscated and will be destroyed.

In addition, a 22-year-old PA (Palestinian Authority) resident inside Green Line Israel illegally, employed in the butcher shop, was taken into custody together with the 40-year-old owner.

Health officials stress the illegal meat poses a major health hazard to the public at large.