Israeli forces open fire at Palestinian farmers, shephards in central Gaza

August 12, 2016 /

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli forces Thursday opened live fire at Palestinian farmers and shepherds in the eastern part of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip.

Witnesses told Ma’an that Israeli soldiers stationed in military towers in eastern Deir al-Balah opened live fire at Palestinian farmers and shepherd. No injuries were reported.An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an she would look into reports.

On a near-daily basis, the Israeli army fires “warning shots” at Palestinian fishermen, farmers, and shepherds entering the Israeli-enforced “buffer zone” on land and sea, implemented after Israel imposed a blockade on the Gaza Strip nearly a decade ago.

Due to the high frequency of the attacks, live fire often goes unreported.While Israel typically cites security concerns when targeting Palestinian agricultural areas, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights has reported in the past that farmers and fishermen were often targeted when they posed no threat.

Approximately 35 percent of Palestinian agricultural land in Gaza is inaccessible without high personal risk, according to the center.

 

Source: Ma’an News Agency