Israeli Bulldozers Raze Land, Open Fire at Farmers on the Gaza Border

The Israeli army, on Tuesday morning, invaded and razed Palestinian lands located east of Gaza City in the northern besieged Gaza Strip, the Jerusalem (Quds) Press reported.

Six military bulldozers invaded the occupied territory and razed Palestinian-owned lands located near the security fence, according to Quds Press correspondent.

In related news, soldiers opened fire at Palestinian farmers from an Israeli watchtower, in the southern part of the coastal enclave, east of Khan Younis.

No injuries were reported.

Hebrew media reported that Israeli forces detained two Palestinians, on Monday, when they crossed the security fence between the southern part of the Gaza Strip and the Israeli state.

On Monday, armored military vehicles stormed Palestinian agricultural lands east of Jabalia town, in the northern part of the Strip, and bulldozed sections near the fence, in addition to installing sand hills.

The occupation army frequently opens fire at Palestinian farmers and their land, in addition to razing farmland. The navy attacks fishermen off the Gaza coast on a regular basis, forcing them to abandon their livelihoods.

Since 2007, the Israeli occupation authorities have imposed a suffocating blockade on the tiny coastal territory, with devastating economic and social effects.

The European Mediterranean report on the Gaza siege showed the following;

“For 15 years, the Gaza Strip has been witnessing a suffocating blockade imposed by the Israeli authorities that has affected all social, economic and humanitarian sectors. Despite the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip reaching unprecedented levels, the blockade remains imposed on the enclave in a way that clearly shows how two million people can lead a decent life.”

“Israel began the Gaza blockade after Hamas won the legislative elections. Greater restrictions and sanctions were imposed after the elections in January 2006. The blockade was further tightened in mid 2007.”

“The long years of blockade Gaza witnessed were accompanied at times with military attacks in 2008, 2012, and 2014, which led to the destruction of large parts of the infrastructure. In addition, thousands of unarmed civilians were killed or wounded or incurred huge material losses.”

“During the years of the blockade, indicators of the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip surged shockingly. For example, unemployment rate in 2005 (before the imposition of the blockade) was about 23.6%, while at the end of 2020 it reached 49%, making it among the highest unemployment rates in the world.”

(Source / 17.02.2021)

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