Israeli Army Targets Palestinian Homes, Farmers near Gaza Borders

GAZA, August 31, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli army stationed at Gaza borderline Monday opened a hail of gunfire toward Palestinian homes and farmers to the east of the city of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.

WAFA correspondent reported that Israeli soldiers stationed at the borderline to the east of Khan Younis opened fire at Palestinian homes and farmers, spreading fear and panic among Palestinians, particularly children. However, no injuries were reported.

To be noted, Israeli army opens fire at farmers and residents along the border areas almost on daily basis, in a constant breach of the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire agreement reached between the Israeli and Palestinian sides on August 26, 2014, following 51 days of a gory aggression on the strip.

Israeli Forces routinely open fire on Palestinian farmers and other civilians if they approach large tracts of borderline land that Israeli forces have deemed off-limits to Palestinians as well as on fishing boats sailing within the six-nautical-miles zone.

The buffer zone extends between 500 meters and 1500 meters into the Strip, effectively turning local farms into no-go zones.

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

An OCHA report covering the period between 11 and 17 of August 2015, stated that, “In the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces opened fire towards civilians in the Access Restricted Areas (ARA) on land and at sea, on at least nine occasions. No casualties were reported. On four occasions Israeli forces entered and leveled land inside Gaza.”