GAZA, Friday, April 12, 2019 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Friday morning shot and injured a Palestinian near the border fence to the east of Gaza city.
WAFA correspondent said that Israeli forces stationed at Gaza’s eastern frontier with Israel opened live fire towards a group of Palestinians near the border fence to the east of Gaza city, hitting one with a live round.
The casualty was rushed to al-Shifaa Hospital in the besieged coastal enclave for medical treatment.
Israeli forces frequently shoot at farmers and other civilians inside the Gaza Strip if they approach large swathes of land near the border, which the Israeli military has deemed off-s to Palestinians.
The "security buffer zone" extends between 500 meters and 1500 meters into the Strip, effectively turning local farms into no-go zones, and accounts for 17 percent of Gaza‘s total land area and 35 percent of its agricultural land.
Israeli naval boats also frequently open fire at Gaza fishermen and restricts the distance they can travel to fish, alternating the distance between six and nine nautical miles - significantly less than the amount designated in the Oslo agreements.
The Gaza Strip‘s sea should extend 20 nautical miles from the coast, according to the Oslo peace accords signed by Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization, but Israel has a heavy naval presence restricting any traffic in or out of the enclave.
Israel has placed a tightened blockade on Gaza since 2007 after Hamas took over power in the strip, denying about 1.8 million population their basic rights and as a result causing a decline in their standard of living, unprecedented rates of unemployment and poverty.