Palestine: Israel spraying herbicides on Gaza farmlands

5th Mar 2018
Palestine: Israel spraying herbicides on Gaza farmlands

By Nour Abu Aisha

 

GAZA CITY, Palestine (AA): Israeli aircraft on Sunday sprayed herbicides along border with the Gaza Strip, according to a Palestinian official.

“These chemicals cause damage to agricultural crops and harm farmlands,” Nizar al-Wahedi of the Palestinian Agriculture Ministry told Anadolu Agency.

He said the Palestinian ministry was not aware of the composition of the Israeli chemicals being sprayed on Palestinian lands.

“Israel has no right to spray herbicides on Palestinian farmlands,” he said.

According to Israeli Gisha NGO, the Israeli spraying operations aim to get rid of unneeded grass along border with the Palestinian territory.

Some 44,000 Palestinians are working in agriculture, making up around 11 percent of the territory’s work force.

Home to nearly two million Palestinians, the Gaza Strip has been reeling under a crippling Israeli blockade since 2007.

[Photo:  Relatives of Palestinian farmer Mohammed Atta Abdul Abu Jameh (59), died of wounds after Israeli soldiers opened fire towards agricultural fields, near Khan Yunis, mourn over the dead body during the funeral ceremony in Gaza City, Gaza on March 04, 2018. Photographer: Ali Jadallah/AA]

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