Two truck drivers who lost their jobs in the wake of the devastating snowstorms in the Middle East and South Asia have sued the companies that hired them and said the company should pay them back for damages they suffered.
Truck drivers at Freightliner Service and Trucking in the Gaza Strip were the target of an Israeli airstrike on March 13, 2019.
Freightline and Trucki-Truck were among the major contractors in Gaza during the 2016 war, when the IDF fired missiles and artillery on the territory, killing thousands of Palestinians.
They lost about 20 percent of their workforce.
The drivers, identified only as “A,” and “B,” said Freightler-Trucks and Truckin-Tunnel violated their contracts by failing to provide for their own personal safety and health and by refusing to compensate them for the damage caused by the war.
Freightliner-Tudan and Trucktruck both denied the claims and said their contractors had not been hit by any Israeli airstrikes.
The Israeli Ministry of Defense did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
“The drivers’ claims are based on a series of lies and distortions,” attorney Shai Zvornik told Haaretz.
“They say that the IDF was using artillery and airstrikes to attack the trucks and the drivers’ vehicles, and that the drivers are not injured, when in fact the driver was hit by an IED.
Freights, Trucks and the trucks are all targets of Israeli strikes.
A Freightling-Tudean (left) and a Trucking-Tuzak (right) from the Gaza City region.”
If the drivers and their families are lying, then the claims are false,” Zvorenik said.
A Freightling-Tudean (left) and a Trucking-Tuzak (right) from the Gaza City region.
Source: Freightlinemedia, Wikipedia.orgIn the lawsuit, which was filed in the High Court of Justice in the capital of Israel, the drivers have accused the companies of failing to properly inform them about the risks and hazards involved in transporting the trucks, their vehicles, equipment and other cargo.
“As a result, the driver and his family were completely destroyed by the attacks, which were indiscriminate and without any regard for their lives,” the drivers said in the lawsuit.
The lawsuit also alleges that the companies failed to pay damages they had suffered in the event of the attacks and did not provide them with adequate transportation.
The drivers also allege that the defendants had not adequately compensated the families of those killed in the attacks.
The trucks are used by Freightlayers in Gaza and the West Bank.
Freighters carry goods from the West bank to Israel, while the trucks carry freight to the West Coast of the country, including to ports in the port cities of Ashdod, Ashkelon and Ashdoh.
The Israeli military has denied the claim and said it did not target Freightliners and Trucks.
In March, the Palestinian Ministry of Health reported that more than 500 Palestinians had been killed in attacks on Palestinian homes in Gaza, a rise of 20 percent over the previous year.
The death toll had more than tripled to nearly 700 in the past month.
In Israel, Freightlining, which also provides service in the Palestinian territories, said it was committed to providing its customers with safe and reliable transportation services.
In the United States, the Federal Trade Commission, which enforces the federal law governing commerce in commodities, issued a statement Tuesday saying that FreightLine and Truckliner have been found liable for alleged violations of the law by their former subcontractors, Freighterline, which provides trucking services in the United Arab Emirates, and Trucker, which offers service in Gaza.
The agency said it is investigating the complaint, and is reviewing whether the companies will be held liable under the law.
The companies said they are cooperating with the agency.
The Freight-Tuda and Truck-Tuna trucking companies have been ordered to pay compensation to their drivers, the Israeli Defense Ministry said in a statement.
The driver’s wife and child, who were among those killed, are seeking more than $15,000 each, according to the suit.