Palestinian farms targeted by Israeli troops

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Palestinian farms targeted by Israeli troops

Palestinian farmers have recently seen whole farms destroyed by Israeli soldiers, according to the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

Palestinian farms targeted by Israeli troops

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At the beginning of May, Israeli troops set fire to Palestinian crops along Gaza’s eastern border with Israel, according to the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR).

The Centre reported that 200,000m2 of crops were destroyed, including olive and pomegranate trees, wheat, barley and vegetables.

One farmer, Ibrahim Hassan Safadi, told one reporter that he lost 30,000m2 of land in the attack, including 300 pomegranate trees and 150 olive trees.

According to Mr Safadi, this was the third time his farm had been targeted by Israeli soldiers. Previous attacks have allegedly included the bulldozing of lemon, olive and clementine trees, as well as the demolition of greenhouses.   

Due to the blockade on Gaza, destroyed items such as plastic hosing, as well as fertilisers and machinery, are extremely difficult to replace, according to Mr Safadi.

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