Days of Palestine – Gaza
Israeli occupation forces (IOF) targeted on Tuesday morning the Palestinian farmers in the central and southern besieged Gaza Strip, local sources reported.
They said that IOF stationed along Gaza’s eastern frontier opened gunfire towards a group of farmers as the latter were tending to their land, east of Deir al-Balah, forcing them to flee for safety.
Sources added that the heavily-armed soldiers also opened machine gunfire and tear gas canisters towards farmers east of al-Karara town, northeast of Khan Younes city, forcing them to flee for safety.
No injuries were reported though.
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 in 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.