Israeli Tanks Ruin Farmland in Gaza

Israeli tanks accompanied by a group of troops have ruined an area of farmland in northern Gaza Strip.

The ground incursion, also backed by Israeli bulldozers, was carried out on Thursday, reported Press TV correspondent in Gaza.
 
There have been no immediate reports of casualties.

In a similar incident on Wednesday, a Palestinian man was injured in an attack by Israeli soldiers on a farm in eastern Gaza.
 
Palestinian activists have also been targeted by Israeli troops over the past weeks. Israel claims it targets the activists to “avoid attacks by Palestinians that plan to abduct Israeli soldiers to exchange them with Palestinian prisoners.”
 
Although residents in Gaza still suffer from a long Israeli siege, they have expressed their determination to “struggle to liberate the occupied land.”
 
Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh has described resistance as “the only way to liberate Palestinian territories from the Israeli occupation.”
 
Haniyeh made the remark during the 24th anniversary of the foundation of Hamas in Gaza on Wednesday. About 350,000 people attended the ceremony.
 
In addition to farmland, Israel also destroys Palestinian homes in the occupied territories in line with its policy of expanding illegal settlement units.
 
According to a number of human rights groups including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, Israel has torn down “twice as many Palestinian homes in the occupied territories in 2011 as it did in 2010 in order to build Jewish settlements.”
 
(Press TV)

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