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Israeli Forces Target Fishermen, Farmers in Gaza Strip

Israeli Forces Target Fishermen, Farmers in Gaza Strip

Thursday, 18 August, 2022 - 08:45
Flame and smoke rise during an Israeli air strike, amid Israel-Gaza fighting, in Gaza City August 6, 2022. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Israeli forces targeted on Wednesday fishermen and farmers in north and south of the Gaza Strip, Palestine’s official news agency WAFA reported.

The occupation forces stationed in military towers along the separation barrier east of Khan Yunis opened fire with their heavy machine guns towards agricultural lands east of Khuzaa and Qarara towns, forcing farmers to leave their lands without causing casualties, the agency reported.

According to the agency, Israeli navy boats attacked the fishermen's boats off the northern enclave with bullets and water cannons, forcing them to leave the sea.

It said that the Israeli occupation boats stationed off the Strip deliberately open fire at the fishermen on daily basis and deprive them of their livelihood.

Separately, the European Union Representative to West Bank and Gaza, Sven Kuhn von Burgsdorff, and other EU member states’ representatives visited UNRWA Beach Preparatory School in Beach Palestine refugee camp.

This visit comes in the aftermath of the latest escalation of violence in the enclave.

Burgsdorff called for a transparent and independent investigation into the unlawful killing of civilians, including many children and women.

The representatives met with the victims at Shifa hospital and held talks with officials from the Palestinian Red Crescent emergency response and the health ministry.

They nine-member delegation later visited one of the houses destroyed by Israel's raids in Gaza during the latest round of tension.

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