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Israeli forces fire at activists planting trees in southern Gaza
Published Monday 31/03/2014 (updated) 31/03/2014 21:16
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli soldiers opened fire at Palestinian activists planting trees in the southern Gaza Strip on Monday, witnesses said.

Activists told Ma'an that Israeli soldiers stationed in watchtowers near the border town of Khuzaa shot at the activists, who were planting olive trees to mark Land Day east of Khan Younis.

Gaza Ministry of Health spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said there were no injuries.

The activity was organized by the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

DFLP official Talal Abu Tharifa told Ma'an: "Farmers planted olive trees in their own fields to tell the Israeli occupation that they must leave."

An Israeli military spokeswoman told Ma'an that the Palestinians in the area were "tampering with the security fence."

"Soldiers opened fire into the air" and the Palestinians dispersed, she said.

Land Day marks the death of six Palestinian citizens of Israel, who took part in a general strike in protest of an Israeli decision to confiscate privately owned Palestinian lands on March 30, 1976.

Israeli forces frequently shoot at farmers and other civilians inside the Gaza Strip if they approach large swathes of land near the border that the military has deemed off-limits to Palestinians.

According to OCHA, 17 percent of Gaza's total land area and 35 percent of its agricultural land were within the buffer zone as of 2010, directly affecting the lives and livelihoods of more than 100,000 Gazans.
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1 ) Rami / Palestine
31/03/2014 14:42
Look at the contrast: Palestinians planting new life into the ground while Israelis attempting to plant dead Palestinians into the ground. How is the planting of trees considered "tampering with the security fence"? Do they imagine that one day those trees will get so tall that they'd obscure the view from the other side?

2 ) Mel / USA
01/04/2014 00:15
Palestine:-planting Olive Trees,native to Palestine&Israel for growth &sustenance.
Israel:-planting PINE forests over bulldozed ancient Palestinian villages &graveyards as a preventative measure so that historical Palestine is erased,& to stop Palestinians rebuilding their native homes,LOL? Riiiiight !
Ain't gunna happen,Israel! The only thing "tampering" with Israel's "security",is TERRORIST ZIONISM!

3 ) Kathy P / USA
01/04/2014 00:17
So.. Again.... Heavily armed soldiers, firing at unarmed farmers... From highly reinforced watchtowers.. With high powered assault rifles... "In the air" (True, the bullet must travel through the air) While they planted olive trees.. I guess their aim was a bit off today.. No worries.. There is always tomorrow.. Such a morally bankrupt society..
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