Article of Sep 29, 2014
The weapons used by Israel in its recent offensive on the Gaza Strip have contaminated the soil and water of the Palestinian enclave with toxic substances, making the farmlands useless, Press TV reports.
Many farmlands in the Palestinian territory were destroyed by Israeli bombers and bulldozers during the 50-day war.
The agriculture sector’s loss is estimated at around USD 500 millions.
“Almost 5,000 acres of finest and most productive green land and farms are destroyed. More than 300 roads are destroyed in addition to the ruined irrigation networks and water catchments. These all have contributed to the soil pollution, which threatens our lives now,” Gazan Agriculture Minister Nazir Wahidi told Press TV.
The weapons Israel used during its latest onslaught on the Gaza Strip has ruined the soil and killed any chances to grow crops for the farmers, whose sole income comes from the lands.
Israel also keeps grabbing Palestinian natural resources, which are making the situation worse for the Gazans.
Israel unleashed attacks on Gaza in early July and later expanded its military campaign with a ground invasion into the Palestinian territory. Over 2,130 Palestinians lost their lives and some 11,000 were injured. According to Israeli sources, more than 70 Israeli were also killed. Palestinian officials put this number at more than 150.
(Source / 01.11.2015)