Israeli occupation forces began, on Wednesday morning, the demolition of Palestinian agricultural and industrial facilities in the town of al-Eesawiyya, to the north of occupied East Jerusalem, in favor of the establishment of an Israeli ‘national’ park for the settlers.Researcher of settlement affairs, Ahmad Laban, explained that the demolition process which took place in al-Eesawyyia is to establish the so-called ‘national’ park on the territory of the towns of al-Eessawiyya and al-Tur (Mount of Olvies). The Israeli project is to uproot 740 dunams of towns’ lands in order to create a geographical connection between the Ma’ale Adumim settlement and occupied Jerusalem.
People of the village of al-Eesawiyya called on media and human rights organizations to come to the village and take witness of the demolition process, Al Ray reported.
Meanwhile, in the Gaza Strip, Israeli bulldozers entered the region and leveled land in eastern al-Breij refugee camp, under the protection of the military, witnesses said.
Israeli forces reportedly opened fire during the incident, although no injuries were reported, according to Ma’an News Agency.
Soldiers also escorted bulldozers across the border in the eastern outskirts of al-Qarara near Khan Younis in southern Gaza, although there were no reports of damage.
Meanwhile, there were reports that Israeli naval forces opened fire on Palestinian fishermen off the coast of northern Gaza.
An Israeli army spokesperson had no immediate information on the reports.
Israeli maintains a ‘security buffer zone’ along Gaza’s land and sea border and frequently levels land inside and close to this zone.
Israeli forces made at least 56 military incursions into the Gaza Strip last year, according to documentation by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.