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  • Israeli planes spray herbicides inside Gaza for fourth time this year

    Israeli planes have been reported spraying herbicides over land inside the Gaza Strip on four occasions in 2017, including twice in the last two days. Israeli planes sprayed herbicides inside the Gaza Strip for the second day running on Wednesday and the fourth time this year, according to local farmers and Israeli rights NGO Gisha. A video published on Wednesday, allegedly of the crop-dusting, shows a plane flying low and spraying over farmland. Palestinians who reported the incident said that the planes had dusted near the Gaza border fence, and the Gaza Ministry of Agriculture is investigating the extent of the damage from the…

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  • IDF admits spraying herbicides inside the Gaza Strip

    The army says aerial spraying was meant to ‘enable security operations.’ Palestinian farmers say hundreds of acres of crops were damaged or destroyed. The Israel army has confirmed that it used crop-dusters to kill off vegetation — and perhaps inadvertently, agricultural crops — inside the Gaza Strip last week. According to Palestinian officials, over 420 acres of land were damaged by the spraying. For years now, the IDF has unilaterally maintained a lethal “no-go zone” on the Palestinian side of the border with Gaza. Now, it seems, it has also implemented a “no-grow zone.” [tmwinpost] “The aerial spraying of herbicides…

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  • Israeli forces kill Palestinian, first in Gaza since ceasefire

    In the first such killing since the ceasefire that ended Israel's offensive last summer, troops shoot and kill a Palestinian farmer near Gaza's border. Israeli forces shot and killed Palestinian farmer Fadel Mohammed Halawa, 32, near Gaza's border with Israel on Sunday. Relatives say he was searching for songbirds that fetch high prices in Gaza markets. An Israeli military spokesperson said that troops warned two Palestinians to leave the border zone and first fired warning shots. "Once they didn't comply, they fired towards their lower extremities. There was one hit," a spokesperson told Al Jazeera. Gaza medical officials told the BBC…

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  • PHOTOS: Palestinian worker shot by Israeli soldiers near Gaza border

    Israeli forces shoot a Palestinian worker near Gaza's northern border in just the latest of many incidents of live fire against civilians posing no security threat. Text and photos by: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/ On Monday morning, Israeli forces shot and injured Palestinian Nizar Abdallah Al-Wan as he and six companions began salvaging building materials near Gaza's northern border. Al-Wan was shot in the foot, and had to be taken by donkey cart to an area accessible by ambulance. He was treated in a Beit Lahiya hospital, and because the bullet passed through his foot without causing serious damage, he was…

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  • PHOTOS: Life and death in Gaza's border zone

    The fatal shooting of Ibrahim Mansour near the Gaza border is only the latest incident in what B'Tselem describes as the Israeli military's 'ongoing, illegal policy of using lethal firearms against civilians without justification.' Text and photos by: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/ Ibrahim Mansour was collecting gravel near the Gaza Strip’s eastern border with Israel when he was shot in the head and killed by the Israeli military on Thursday, February 13. One of Mansour’s two companions was injured in the shooting. Both survivors say that no warning was given before they were fired upon. Mansour's killing follows a pattern by…

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