Israeli soldiers stand by a tank near the Gaza Strip, May 4, 2016. (Photo by AP)
Palestinian sources say several Israeli battle tanks, escorting bulldozers, have entered the central part of the besieged Gaza Strip, and fired a number of shots at Palestinians gathering to stop the ravaging of farms.
The sources, speaking anonymously, said four Israeli tanks and two armored bulldozers advanced more than 150 meters into farming lands east of the Bureij refugee camp on Wednesday morning, and bulldozed them while unmanned aerial vehicles flew overhead, the International Middle East
Media Center reported.
They added that the soldiers also fired many live rounds to keep Palestinian farmers out of their own lands during the invasion.
Israel launched its latest war on the Gaza Strip in early July 2014. The 50-day military
aggression, which ended on August 26, 2014, killed nearly 2,200 Palestinians, including 577 children. Over 11,100 others — including 3,374 children, 2,088 women and 410 elderly people — were also wounded in the war.
Israel continues to carry out attacks on the Palestinian enclave from time to time.
Israeli soldiers target Palestinian lands in the northern and eastern parts of the blockaded Palestinian coastal sliver on a rather regular basis, preventing farmers from working on their own lands.
Israeli fighter jets also frequently bomb the Gaza Strip. The Israeli military also uses drones over the impoverished terrain either to monitor and photograph Palestinian military units in the blockaded coastal enclave, or launch aerial attacks against targets.
The Gaza Strip has been under an Israeli siege since June 2007. The blockade has caused a decline in the standards of living as well as unprecedented levels of unemployment and unrelenting poverty.