Israeli Military Attacks against Farmers, Fishermen Continue in Gaza

GAZA, July 20, 2016 (WAFA) – A Palestinian farmer Wednesday was shot and moderately injured, while four other fishermen were detained by Israeli forces to the east of Deir al-Balah city, in central Gaza, according to WAFA correspondent.

Israeli soldiers stationed at watchtowers along the borders with Gaza to the east of the said city opened live fire at a group of farmers tending to their borderline agricultural land, injuring at least one.

The injured farmer was transferred to hospital for medical treatment.

Meanwhile, WAFA correspondent reported on one of the fishermen as stating that Israeli navy attacked their boats with gunfire, while they were sailing within the allowed fishing zone offshore al-Sudaniya area. The forces detained four fishermen and seized one boat.

The detainees were identified as Bayyan Baker, Moneer Baker, mohammed Baker, And Yehya Bahar.

Israeli navy and troops routinely open fire on Palestinian fishermen sailing within the six-nautical-miles zone and farmlands along the border, flagrantly violating the ceasefire deal that was reached in August 2014.

The current six-nautical-mile fishing zone falls drastically short of the twenty nautical miles allocated to Palestinian fishermen in the 1993 Oslo Accords.

According to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), all Israeli attacks on Palestinian fishermen have taken place within the distance of six nautical miles, which it said “proves that Israeli forces’ policies aim to tighten restrictions on the Gaza Strip’s fishermen and their livelihoods.”

“While Israeli authorities last month expanded the fishing zone designated for Palestinian fishermen to nine nautical miles in the southern Gaza Strip, and retained the six mile zone in the north, fishermen regularly report detentions, live fire, and boat confiscation within these s.”

Furthermore, Palestinians farmers are often targeted by Israeli forces if they approach borderline land that Israeli forces have deemed off-s to Palestinians.

In its weekly report on Israeli human rights violations in the occupied Palestinian Territories, PCHR said the illegal closure, which has been steadily tightened since June 2007 has had a disastrous impact on the humanitarian and economic situation in the Gaza Strip.

For nine consecutive years, Israel has tightened the land and naval closure to isolate the Gaza Strip from the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, and other countries around the world,” said PCHR.

“This resulted in grave violations of the economic, social and cultural rights and a deterioration of living conditions for 1.8 million people,” it added.