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Israeli army targets farmers in southern Gaza Strip

RAFAH, Wednesday, December 28, 2022 (WAFA) – Israeli army Wednesday morning targeted Palestinian farmers, east of Khan Younes and Rafah districts, in the southern besieged Gaza Strip, according to WAFA correspondent.

He said that the heavily-armed soldiers stationed along Gaza’s eastern frontier directly opened gunfire towards the farmlands, east of the districts, forcing farmers to flee for their safety.

Meanwhile, Israeli naval boats opened machine gunfire towards fishermen sailing offshore Rafah, forcing them to return to the shore for their safety.

There were no casualties.

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.F.

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