Israeli forces open fire on farmers, fishermen in Gaza

23 Jan

Ma’an News Agency, Gaza City, Palestine, 22 January 2019

Israeli forces opened fire, on Tuesday morning, towards Palestinian farmers working in their lands in multiple locations in the besieged Gaza Strip, while the Israeli navy targeted fishermen at sea.

Eyewitnesses told Ma’an that Israeli forces opened fire towards Palestinian farmers, who were working in their agricultural lands in the eastern and southern parts of Gaza.

The farmers were forced to leave their lands in fear for their lives.

Meanwhile, Israeli naval forces repeatedly opened heavy fire at fishing boats, forcing fishermen to sail back to shore.

No injuries were reported from neither of the incidents.

The Israeli army regularly detains and opens fire on unarmed Palestinian fishermen, shepherds and farmers along the border areas if they approach the unilaterally declared buffer zone.

As part of Israel’s blockade of the coastal enclave since 2007, the Israeli army, citing security concerns, requires Palestinian fishermen to work within a limited “designated fishing zone,” the exact limits of which are decided by the Israeli authorities and have historically fluctuated.

Israeli human rights group B’Tselem recently concluded that Israel’s Gaza closure and “harassment of fishermen” have been “destroying Gaza’s fishing sector,” with 95% of fishermen living below the poverty line.

[Ed: Since this item was posted yesterday, Ma’an News has reported on another incident]: Israeli tanks heavily opened fire, on Tuesday, after shots were fired at Israeli forces near the security border fence in the northern besieged Gaza Strip.

Hebrew-language news outlets reported that Israeli forces along the Israel-Gaza security border fence were allegedly shot at by Palestinians from Gaza. Sources added that Israeli tanks targeted and attacked the area, where shots were fired from. No injuries were reported.

[Subsequently PressTV has today reported:]

At least one Palestinian has been killed and two others have been injured in Israeli shelling in the besieged Gaza Strip amid weeks-long anti-occupation demonstrations.

The Gaza Health Ministry identified the victim as 24-year-old Mahmoud al-Abed al-Nabahin, who was killed after Israeli tanks fired into the northern part of Gaza on Tuesday.

The Israeli military claims it targeted a post belonging to the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas after a group of Palestinians shot and injured an Israeli officer across the border with the occupied territories.

On Monday, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said at least 254 Palestinians had been killed and over 23,000 injured by Israeli forces since the Great March of Return rallies began along the border on March 30, 2018.

2 Responses to “Israeli forces open fire on farmers, fishermen in Gaza”

  1. K. Z. January 30, 2019 at 6:48 pm #

    I’m sorry but I wouldn’t call Hamas as a resistance group but terrorist group. They launched 450 rockets in the same day on Israeli civilians in the cities of Shderot, Netivot and Ashkelon.

    • kiaoragaza January 30, 2019 at 7:11 pm #

      Thanks KZ – if you just check out who is actually conducting the mass killings and also enforcing a total lethal reign of high-tech military might, incarceration and impoverishment on the largely defenceless, besieged population of the two million Palestinians in Gaza for the past 12 years, you might discover who the real terrorists are. If you read the last paragraph of the article it might also assist you:
      ‘..the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said at least 254 Palestinians had been killed and over 23,000 injured by Israeli forces since the Great March of Return rallies began along the border on March 30, 2018.’

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