Gaza,(Alresalah.ps)-- The Israeli occupation continues destroying agriculture fields in the besieged Gaza strip as Israeli planes damage crops of Palestinian farmers in the farming areas along the border areas in the Gaza strip.
Israeli aircrafts spray herbicides on fields of vegetables causing great damage to the and also farmers.
For the second time in less than two weeks, Israeli planes destroyed the vegetables fields of the Palestinian farmer Zakaria Ghalia , 30 years old , who survived the last round where Israeli planes destroyed his field.
This time, Israeli planes sprayed herbicides on his potatoes field , and it was completely damaged.
Zakaria's field is only 150 meters away from the separation barrier between Gaza and Israel. Israeli planes damaged some 20 dunums of squash, broccoli and cabbage.
Zakaria said that few days ago, Israeli aircrafts sprayed pesticides above the farming area where wind helped to spread it, and it damaged large fields in the areas including his field, where fruits and were entirely destroyed.
Several dunums of zucchini were completely damaged where farmers were about to harvest it and give it to the merchants for selling.
Now, Zakaria is concerned to lose the field of the cabbage which has survived although leaves of the cabbage became dry.
"The last time they sprayed pesticides, the Red Cross came and documented the damage, as it oversaw our return as farmers to the border areas ."
Wael Thabet, the director general of the General Directorate of Plant Protection and Quarantine, said in a press statement after the Israeli aircraft sprayed pesticides, that spraying pesticides affects the Palestinian crops because they are not covered, so the got damaged.
"The spraying operations have been repeated along two years, the last time was in November 2016, and in January, and it caused damage to Palestinian fields, and caused losses to farmers clearly."
Five years ago, Zakaria moved from northern Gaza to live in Deir al-Balah and began his work as a farmer in the area, which is the closest to the separation fence east in the areas of Abu Hammam.
He says " in the last war, the occupation destroyed the last of my property and plantations. I lost 50 thousand dollars. Today, despite the state of calm and cautious situation, Israel aircrafts sprayed my fields with pesticides, which caused us great damage. "
Zacaria now is so hesitant to re-cultivate his field as he is worried to have the Israeli aircraft come again and damage his .
In this situation, Israeli occupation attempts to force the Palestinian farmers to abandon the agricultural area on the border areas in the Gaza strip, which comes as a step in the procedures that aim at fortifying the siege on the Gaza strip.