farmers, including women and children, have come under Israeli fire
along the so-called “buffer zone” in the northern and eastern parts of
the Gaza Strip over the past two years.
The Israeli-defined buffer zone falls within Palestinian lands, and
the Israeli forces deployed on the outskirts do not hesitate to fire at a
moving target that wanders about, a Press TV correspondent reported
from Gaza on Friday.
On Thursday morning, residents close to the border woke up to a
shower of papers falling from the sky, the regular occurrence of
leaflets dropped from Israeli F-16’s over towns and cities close to the
Palestinian people gathered to read the message, but most knew what
to expect: Warnings from the Israeli military telling these agricultural
communities to stay away from their land, which lies within 300 meters
of the border.
Prohibited access to farming land has had severe repercussions for
the agricultural community in Gaza. They risk being shot for working on
The UN estimates that some 30% of Gaza’s arable land lies within the
no-go zone. And as such, many farmers here have no choice but to risk
life and limb for the sake of their livelihoods. As a result, they are
often shot at by Israeli snipers and many of them are killed.
Shootings have inc…