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Israeli forces target farmers near Gaza

Israeli forces target farmers near Gaza

GAZA, Thursday, May 26, 2022 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Thursday morning targeted Palestinian farmers to the east of the city of Khan Younis in the southern besieged Gaza Strip, according to WAFA correspondent.

He said that the Israeli soldiers stationed at the military towers along Gaza’s eastern frontier, east of the city, opened heavy gunfire, tear gas bombs and stun grenades towards farmers who were tending their crops to the east of Khuza‘a town, forcing them to flee for their safety.

Meanwhile, the heavily-armed soldiers opened heavy machine gunfire towards farmers tending their cultivated land to the east of Deir al-Balah city as well as al-Maghazi and al-Bureij refugee camps, forcing them to leave.

No injuries were reported in the cross-border attack.

Fourteen years following the Israeli “disengagement” from Gaza, Israel has not actually disengaged from Gaza; it still maintains control of its land borders, access to the sea and airspace.

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.

K.T./ K.F.

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