Palestinian medical sources reported that a Palestinian farmer died, on Monday evening, of serious injuries he suffered at noon after Israeli soldiers opened fire at him as he worked on his land in Beit Lahia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.The slain farmer has been identified as Mustafa Abu Jarad, 21. Medical sources said that Abu Jarad was shot by a live round in the head.
He was moved to Kamal Odwan hospital suffering a very serious injury, and died of his wounds on Monday evening despite all efforts to save his life.
Eyewitnesses reported that Israeli soldiers, stationed at a military tower in “Nativ Hasara” settlement across the border, fired several rounds of live ammunition at a number of Palestinian farmers hitting Abu Jarad in the head.
The army repeatedly opens fire at farmers trying to work, or even reach, their lands close to the border in the northern and eastern parts of the Gaza Strip; dozens of casualties have been reported.
Israel does not allow the Palestinians in Gaza to reach their lands near the border fence in Gaza under the pretext of “security considerations” as part of the so-called “buffer zone” Israel enforced on border areas with Gaza.
This issue is preventing hundreds of families from planting their lands near the border, farmers who managed to enter their lands are always subject to life-threatening conditions due to Israeli military fire.