Israeli Army Opens Fire on Palestinians Along Gaza Borderline

GAZA, May 21, 2016 (WAFA) – Israeli soldiers stationed at watchtowers in the Israeli Kissufim military base, located northeast of Khan Younis, on the Gaza-Israel border, Saturday opened its heavy machine gunfire toward Palestinian farmers and shepherds.

Local sources informed WAFA correspondent that Israeli forces stationed along Gaza-Israeli border opened their heavy machine gunfire toward farmers and shepherds, however, no injuries were reported.

Israeli army routinely opens fire at Palestinian fishermen and farmlands along the Gaza border, violating a ceasefire deal reached between Israel and the Palestinian factions in Gaza in August 2014.

The Israeli and Palestinian sides reached an Egypt-brokered open-ended ceasefire deal on 26th of August to end the 51-day-long Israeli onslaught on the Strip.

In November 2012, the Israeli military approached a truce with Palestinian factions allowing Palestinians to approach up to 100 meters of the perimeter fence. In April 2013, an Israeli military spokesperson said that the no-go area has been extended to 300 meters from the fence.

Most of Gaza’s fruitful farmlands are located along the border fence with Israel, depriving the Strip of its major food basket. The border farmlands are also the only source of income for many Palestinian households.