Occupation targets farmers and fishermen, injures 1, in incursion east of Rafah

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A farmer was wounded Wednesday morning as Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) opened fire on the border of Khuza’a town east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.

IOF targeted farmers and opened fire in their direction, prompting dozens of farmers to leave their lands due to the continuation of the indiscriminate shooting.

Meanwhile, Israeli military boats targeted fishermen in a number of areas off the coast of the Strip. No injuries were reported.

This comes after 3 fishermen were injured on Monday morning by Israeli occupation naval soldiers.

Israeli naval boats regularly open fire on Palestinian fishermen sailing within the six-nautical-miles zone and farmlands along the border, clearly violating the ceasefire deal, reported IMEMC.

Israel and the Palestinian factions signed a ceasefire deal on August 26, bringing to a close the latest 2014 Israeli assault on Gaza that killed over 2,200 people, mostly civilians.

The ceasefire deal specified that Israel would immediately ease the blockade imposed on the strip and enlargen the fishing zone off Gaza’s coast, allowing fishermen to sail up to 6 nautical miles from shore, and would continue to expand this area gradually.

Israel has however failed to do so, regularly breaching the ceasefire deal by opening fire on Palestinian fishermen within the fishing zone and reducing their income.

In a statement released yesterday, the Palestine Center for Human Rights (PCHR) condemned the Israeli actions concerning Palestinian fishermen, and called upon Israeli forces to end its policy of attacking Palestinian fishermen, return confiscated fishing boats, pay compensation to the victims of Israeli violations and release fishermen illegally detained by Israel. PCHR also called on the international community to intervene in the blatant Israeli infractions of the 2014 ceasefire deal.

Also on Wednesday morning: a number of military bulldozers and other machines penetrated east of Rafah town center in a leveling operation which included sporadic shooting and an air reconnaissance mission.