Israeli forces shoot three Palestinian farmers
Palestinian protesters hold their national flags during clashes with Israeli security forces following a demonstration against Palestinian land confiscation to expand the nearby Jewish Hallamish settlement, on May 8, 2015, in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, located near Ramallah. (AFP/Abbas Momani)
At least three Palestinian farmers have sustained gunshot wounds after Israeli forces opened fire on them in the southern Gaza Strip, as the Tel Aviv regime’s acts of aggression against the Palestinians in the besieged territory continue unabated.
The Palestinian emergency services spokesman, Ashraf al-Qudra, said Israeli forces shot the farmers east of the city of Khan Younis, located about 25 kilometers (15 miles) south of Gaza City, on Saturday afternoon. One of the Palestinians was critically injured. Qudra said the farmers were taken to hospital to receive treatment, describing their conditions as stable.
The development came only a day after Israeli forces shot a 17-year-old boy in the head near a fence separating the blockaded coastal enclave from the Israeli-occupied Palestinian lands.
On April 30, Palestinian Labor Minister Ma’moun Abu Shahla said the daily living situation is seriously miserable in the Gaza Strip with unemployment rate rising to 60 percent.
"The reality of workers here is difficult and painful amid a relevant growth of poverty and unemployment rates," Abu Shahla said. "It is all due to an endless Israeli blockade that has been imposed on Gaza for eight years and damaged its economy." He called on all Arab and international organizations to help end the Israeli blockade.
The Gaza Strip has been under a crippling Israeli siege since 2007. The blockade, which has cut off the territory from the outside world, has led to an economic and humanitarian crisis in the densely-populated enclave.
Also on April 30, the United Nations urged the Israeli regime to end its crippling blockade of the Gaza Strip.
"We in the United Nations, along with our partners in the international community, have a responsibility to ensure that Gaza is not just being reconstructed... but that the blockade which stops access to construction materials, to movement of people, goods... is lifted," said Nickolay Mladenov, the United Nations special coordinator for the Middle East peace process.