Israeli Forces Open Fire Toward Farmers East of Khan Yunis

Days of Palestine – Gaza – The Israeli occupation forces Sunday opened fire at farmers who work on their lands east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip.

Local sources said that the Israeli occupation forces fired from the “Kisofim” site towards Palestinian lands east of the town of Qarara, east of Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip.

No injuries were not reported according to official sources.

The Agriculture Ministry of Gaza said that the Israeli army has carried out 206 incursions and bulldozing operations against Palestinian agricultural land in Gaza.

Such activities lead to crops being destroyed, causing further hardships for Palestinians in the besieged enclave.

“These violations are represented by the advance of Israeli military vehicles and bulldozers towards the citizens’ lands, the leveling of these lands, and the uprooting of crops,” a spokesperson said.

The ministry said that agricultural lands affected by bulldozing operations between 2018 to 2020 amounted to 1,035 dunams (256 acres), causing almost $1,200,000 in material damage.

Gaza has been under siege by Israel and Egypt since Hamas took over the territory in 2007.

The blockade has led to acute shortages of basic goods and essential medical supplies although Egypt occasionally opens the Rafah border crossing for Palestinians and supplies.

(Source / 09.01.2022)

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