IOF attack Gaza fishermen and farmers, Tuesday morning

PNN/Gaza

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Tuesday morning stationed on military towers across the ‘border’ fence with the Gaza Strip this Tuesday morning.

Israeli soldiers opened fire, targeting Palestinian agricultural lands and farmers, east of Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, forcing local residents to leave the area.

In addition, according to local sources, Israeli navy ships fired several rounds of live ammunition on three Palestinian fishing boats, less than 6 nautical miles off the Gaza coast, causing damage to at least one boat.

The attack took place in Gaza territorial waters, near al-Waha and Sudaniyya areas, northwest of Gaza city.

According to Wafa News, no injuries were reported among fishermen who “apparently fled the scene for fear of being detained, inured, or killed.”

The IOF, including its navy, carry out repeated violations against the Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip, specificaly inside of or near the military-imposed “buffer zone” on both land and sea.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs last month reported at least 42 cases of Israeli forces opening fire on Palestinians in the buffer zone, on both land and sea sides.

These violations often lead to Palestinian casualties, including fatalities, in addition to scores of abductions of fishers, workers, and the illegal confiscation of Palestinian boats.

According to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), all Israeli attacks on Palestinian fishermen have taken place within the distance of six nautical miles, which it said “proves that Israeli forces’ policies aim to tighten restrictions on the Gaza Strip’s fishermen and their livelihoods.”