Israeli forces attack Palestinian farmers, fishermen in Gaza

Israeli forces attack Palestinian farmers, fishermen in besieged Gaza
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04 December, 2021
Israeli forces attacked fishermen with bullets and water hoses who were sailing five nautical miles across from Rafah coast.
The Gaza Strip is under siege [Getty]

The Israeli navy and army shot at Palestinian fishermen and farmers in the besieged Gaza Strip on Saturday, Palestinian news agency Wafa reported.

The Israeli navy attacked Palestinian fishermen with bullets and water hoses as they were sailing five nautical miles across from Rafah coast.

No injuries were reported, but one boat was damaged, forcing them all to retreat to the coast, according to Wafa.

In a separate incident, Israeli soldiers stationed at army watch towers east of the city of Khan Yunis and shot at farmers working on their land east of Khuzaa town, forcing them to leave the area. No injuries were reported.

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The besieged Gaza Strip rely on fishing for daily sustenance as a tight blockade on the besieged enclave has significantly reduced Gazan access to food.

Gaza has been under Israeli siege for 14 years, creating a major human catastrophe in the enclave.

In 2007, Israel imposed a land, sea and air blockade on the strip, effectively turning the coastal enclave into an open-air prison, where basic necessities such as food, fuel and medicines are severely controlled.

Critics say the blockade amounts to collective punishment of the coastal enclave's two million residents. The UN and rights groups say Gaza is uninhabitable.