Israeli soldiers ambush Palestinian workers in northern Gaza

[ 02/10/2010 – 10:46 AM ]

GAZA, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces (IOF) surrounded early Saturday morning a group of Palestinian workers in the northern Gaza Strip after opening fire at them.

Local sources in Beit Hanoun said IOF special forces carried out an incursion operation at dawn near the Erez crossing in Beit Hanoun in pursuit of a number of Palestinian workers collecting special kind of sand, which is used in construction.

“The force ambushed the workers, who were in search of their livelihood, and shot directly in front of them when the workers tried to escape. But they were stopped by the heavy gunfire and surrounded by the special forces,” the sources added.

One of the trapped workers told the sources by phone that the force had them surrounded from every direction. The phone call was then disconnected.

In a separate incident, IOF soldiers opened fire at farmers and other Palestinians in a town east of the southern Gaza Strip village of Khan Younis on Friday.

Local sources told the Palestinian Information Center that IOF troops sprayed heavy machine gun fire at the agricultural fields in the town of Qarara. They aimed at farmers working in on the land, and particularly at locals picking the harvest.

Sources added that the Israeli attack caused panic and confusion without report of injury.

In another report, IOF troops Thursday night fired machine guns at houses and farmlands in the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah.  No injuries were reported.

Witnesses said IOF jeeps stationed near Karam Abu Salem, east of Rafah, proceeded to indiscriminately fire machine guns at farmers and their land and homes in the Al Deheniya and Al Shawka regions. Locals were prompted to evacuate their homes and move to a safer area for fear of danger against their lives.

Gaza Strip’s border areas have seen daily IOF incursion operations aimed at leveling agricultural areas and expanding military points.

Israeli soldiers ambush Palestinian workers in northern Gaza.

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