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Israeli Occupation Damage Palestinian Crops in Gaza Strip

last update : 18/04/2017 - 07:07 PM ( Since 6 months )

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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.

 

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