GAZA, June 4, 2016 (WAFA) – Israeli occupation forces Saturday opened heavy machine gunfire on Palestinian farmers and shepherds along the southern borders with Gaza to the east of Khan younis, according to local sources.
Israeli army stationed at military watchtowers along Gaza borderline targeted farmers and shepherds with gunfire, however no injuries were reported.
Israeli army and navy routinely open fire at Palestinian fishermen and farmlands along the Gaza border, in a blatant violation of a ceasefire deal reached between Israel and the Palestinian factions in Gaza on August 26th 2014 following 51 days of bloody aggression on the Strip in the summer of 2014.
The ceasefire deal stipulated that Israel would immediately ease the blockade imposed on the strip and expand the fishing zone off Gaza‘s coast, allowing fishermen to sail as far as six nautical miles from shore, and would continue to expand the area gradually.
Israel has imposed a tightened blockade since 2007 after Hamas won the democratic legislative elections and took over power in the strip.
In its weekly report on Israeli human rights violations in the occupied Palestinian Territories, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (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.
On May 5th, 2016, Israeli occupation forces fired three tank artillery shells towards north east Rafah city in Gaza, killing Aysha Al-Amour, 55, reported the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) in a report covering the period between May 1st and May 30th of 2016.