Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Israeli bulldozers raid Gaza, level land

Sources told Ma'an News Agency that four Israeli vehicles and two bulldozers raided and leveled Palestinian farming lands in eastern Deir al-Balah, central Gaza.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said that Tuesday's incursion was "routine activity along the security fence."

Israeli forces regularly enter land in the Gaza Strip falling within the "security buffer zone." The zone is enforced by Israel on both land and sea borders of the Gaza Strip on the pretext of security, however its exact limits have historically fluctuated and have had a detrimental impact on the Palestinian agricultural and fishing sectors.

Forces open fire on Palestinian farmers whose agricultural land allegedly falls within the zone, according to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights. The group reported 16 incidents of shooting and four incursions along the Gaza-Israel border in March alone.

Such occurrences of live fire deter farmers from accessing their farmland, worsening agricultural production in Gaza, where over 80 percent of the population is food insecure, according to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations. more

Palestinian teen injured in Gaza explosion

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian teenager was injured on Tuesday evening in an explosion caused by an unknown object in al-Shati refugee camp in western Gaza.

Spokesman for the ministry of health in Gaza Ashraf al-Qidra told Ma'an that a 15-year-old was lightly injured in the explosion, and taken to al-Shifa hospital for treatment. more

Report: Israeli forces directly targeted children in Gaza

Evidence suggests that Israeli forces directly targeted children during last summer's war, reported childrens' rights group Defense for Children International- Palestine.

Evidence and testimonies collected by DCIP reveal several locations that should have provided children with shelter and safety were, in practice, not immune from attacks by Israeli forces.

"Missiles dropped by Israeli warplanes killed 225 children while they were in their own homes or seeking shelter, often as they sat down to eat with their families," DCIP reported.

Just under half of the children who died during the offensive lost their lives in aerial attacks on residential buildings.

The fighting between Palestinian militant groups and Israel that resulted in an offensive which Israel dubs "Operation Protective Edge" killed 547 Palestinian children, 535 of them as a direct result of Israeli attacks. Another 3,374 children suffered injuries in attacks, "including over 1,000 children whose wounds rendered them permanently disabled," as documented by DCIP.

DCIP also estimates at least 164 children were killed in drone attacks, noting Israel as the world’s largest exporter of aerial drones.

"In one such case Rawya Joudeh, 40, and four of her five children were killed by an Israeli drone fired missile as they played together in the family’s yard in Tal alZatar, Jabalia refugee camp, North Gaza, on the afternoon of August 24. "The children were aged between 6 and 14." more