GAZA, Thursday, March 17, 2022 (WAFA) – Israeli navy today targeted Palestinian fishermen offshore As-Sudaniya area, northwest of Gaza city, according to WAFA correspondent.
He said that the fishermen were sailing within three nautical miles offshore the area when Israeli naval boats opened heavy gunfire toward them, forcing the fishermen to flee for their safety.
Meanwhile, Israeli aircraft sprayed herbicide on agricultural lands west of Gaza’s eastern frontier.
Farmers from Juhr Ad-Dik, southeast of Gaza city, as well as from Deir al-Balah and Khan Younes cities confirmed that Israeli airplanes flying at a low altitude and spraying herbicides on their groves, planted with wheat, barley, corn, jute mallow (Molokhia), among others, depriving them of their only source of livelihood.
Two million Palestinians live the Gaza Strip, which has been subjected to a punishing and crippling Israeli blockade for 12 years and repeated onslaughts that have heavily damaged much of the enclave’s infrastructure.
Gaza’s 2-million population remains under “remote control” occupation and a strict siege, which has destroyed the local economy, strangled Palestinian livelihoods, plunged them into unprecedented rates of unemployment and poverty, and cut off from the rest of the occupied Palestinian territories and the wider world.
Gaza remains occupied territory, having no control over its borders, territorial waters or airspace. Meanwhile, Israel upholds very few of its responsibilities as the occupying power, failing to provide for the basic needs of Palestinian civilians living in the territory.
Every two in three Palestinians in Gaza is a refugee from lands inside what is now Israel. That government forbids them from exercising their right to return as enshrined in international law because they are not Jews.