Israeli Armored Tanks Penetrate Gaza Border

GAZA, May 4, 2015 (WAFA) – Several Israeli armored tanks on Monday penetrated the border line with the Gaza Strip, where they went about 150 meters into the strip, amid sporadic gunfire, according to WAFA correspondent.

WAFA reporter said four armored tanks and three bulldozers penetrated the border near the town of Jabalia, just north of Gaza, and proceeded to raze land while machine gunning randomly.

There were no reports of casualties in the area.

Almost on a daily basis, Israeli army targets Palestinian residents of Gaza, whether fishermen or farmers who attempt to sail to catch fish or tend to their agricultural lands.

Despite agreements between Palestinian factions and Israel about holding off fire exchange, Israeli army continues to target fishermen sailing within the allowed fishing zone, as well as prevents farmers from accessing their land located near the borders, which were labeled as no-go “buffer” zones.

Israel’s unilaterally-impose buffer zone extends between 500 meters and 1,500 meters into the Strip, effectively turning local farms into no-go zones.

According to UNOCHA, 17% of Gaza’s total land area and 35% of its agricultural land are located within the buffer zone as of 2010, directly affecting the lives and livelihoods of more than 100,000 residents of Gaza.

Israel has imposed a tightened blockade since 2007 after Hamas won the democratic legislative elections and took over power in the strip.