Israeli army opens gunfire at farmers near Gaza border

GAZA, Saturday, Palestinian farmers cultivating their lands adjacent to the northeastern perimeter fence of the Gaza Strip came under Israeli gunfire today forcing them to leave their work areas for a safe haven, WAFA correspondent said.

He said Israeli soldiers stationed at a military watchtower east of Jabalia town, north of the Gaza Strip, opened gunfire and fired tear gas canisters at farmers working in their lands, forcing them to leave the area.

No one was reported injured in the shooting attack.

Israel does not allow landowners and shepherds to be in the open pastures and lands near the Israeli perimeter fence and tries to create a buffer zone at the expense of the Gaza lands.

Palestinian fishermen are also not allowed to go deeper than six nautical miles into the sea in the Gaza Strip, and even then fishermen are still attacked even if they stay within their marked zones.

The Gaza Strip has been under tight Israeli sea, land and air siege since 2007.

SOURCE: PALESTINE NEWS & INFO AGENCY