Israeli forces have opened fire on Palestinian farmers working to the east of Khan Younis in the south of the Gaza Strip. The incident took place on Thursday morning.
Witnesses said that farmers fled from their land due to the severity of the attack by Israeli soldiers stationed at the Kisuffim border crossing. The firing was accompanied by the repositioning of Israeli tanks and other heavily-armoured vehicles in the area. No casualties have been reported.
Farmers are reaping their wheat from the fields adjacent to the border with Israel. They should be able to tend to the crops following the truce agreement reached between Israel and the Hamas-led Palestinian government in Gaza which brought to an end the Israeli offensive against civilians last November. Israel has maintained a unilaterally-declared 300 metre "buffer zone" inside Palestinian territory.
Two days ago, Israeli occupation forces kidnapped two Palestinian workers, one of them a minor, in the Middle Area of the Gaza Strip. Early this month, they shot a Palestinian in northern Gaza, causing him "moderate" injuries.
Repeated Israeli breaches of the truce have led the Palestinian government in Gaza to ask the Egyptians, who brokered the deal, to tell Israel to refrain from its aggressive acts.