Israeli Forces Target Palestinian Farmers in Southern Gaza Strip
- August, 13, 2022 - 15:29
- World news
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Israeli occupation forces renewed their attacks on Palestinian farmers this morning in eastern Khan Yunis, south of besieged Gaza Strip.
The Israeli regime forces stationed east of Khan Yunis fired gas canisters at Palestinian farmers working on their lands in the Al-Sanati neighborhood, east of Abasan Al-Kabira town, forcing them to flee, according to the Palestinian Wafa Agency.
Yesterday, dozens of Palestinians, including children, were injured as a result of the Israeli forces' assault on them in the town of Hawara, south of Nablus in the West Bank.
The Israeli occupation's navy also assaulted Palestinian fishermen while they were sailing off the southern shores of the Gaza Strip on Saturday, forcing them to return to the shore, according to local sources, WAFA reported, adding that the Israeli navy fired live bullets at the fishermen sailing off the city of Rafah, forcing them to return to the shore.
Israeli naval forces and their gunboats have long been harassing fishermen in Gaza, shooting at them, damaging their boats and making arrests. In some cases, fishermen were injured or even killed during gunfire attacks by the Israeli navy.
In addition to attacking fishermen, Israel regularly bans boats from accessing the water and reduces the fishing zone that Palestinians from Gaza can access.
Israeli naval authorities have been enforcing a naval blockade on Gaza's 40-kilometer-long coast since 2007.
The blockade has restricted fishing for the 3,700 registered fishermen in Gaza – the majority of whom live below the poverty line by shrinking the fishing zone from 25 nautical miles, down to only six to nine nautical miles, according to the human rights group B'Tselem.