Israel bulldozers conduct incursion of Rafah in Gaza

An Israeli Merkava tank rolls near Gaza’s border on July 17, 2014.Press TV

Israeli bulldozers and military vehicles have reportedly intruded into the Palestinian border town of Rafah in the blockaded Gaza Strip, locals say.

Witnesses said four bulldozers and vehicles belonging to the Israeli military conducted an incursion into the southern town in Gaza, where Egyptian forces demolished over 1,000 homes earlier this week to create a so-called buffer zone.  

Egyptian officials said Tuesday that the country’s military had razed to the ground at least 1,020 homes in Rafah, near the border with southern Gaza Strip, in the second phase of an operation to create a buffer zone with the Israeli-besieged territory.

In a separate development on Thursday, Israeli naval forces also opened fire at Palestinian fishermen across the al-Sudaniya coastline off Gaza City, the Palestinian news agency cited witnesses and sources as saying.

The sources also said one fishing boat had been damaged in the Israeli assault.

Palestinian fishermen pull their nets as they collect fish at the seaport in Gaza city on January 11, 2015. © AFP

The shooting came despite an August 26 ceasefire agreement between Israel and Palestinians, under which Tel Aviv agreed to immediately expand the fishing zone off Gaza’s coast, allowing fishermen in the blockaded sliver to sail as far as six nautical miles from shore. The agreement also stipulated that the regime would expand the area gradually up to 12 miles.

The ceasefire deal put an end to the Israeli regime’s 50-day military offensive against Gaza, which claimed more than 2,100 lives and injured nearly 11,000 last summer.

Since September 1, however, Israeli forces have killed two Palestinian fishermen, arrested over 49 more, injured 17, confiscated 12 fishing boats and damaged fishing tools in nine other such incidents.

The Gaza Strip has been under Israel’s blockade since June 2007. The blockade has caused a decline in the standard of living as well as unprecedented levels of unemployment, and unrelenting poverty.


12 thoughts on “Israel bulldozers conduct incursion of Rafah in Gaza

  1. “Egyptian officials said Tuesday that the country’s military had razed to the ground at least 1,020 homes in Rafah, near the border with southern Gaza Strip, in the second phase of an operation to create a buffer zone with the Israeli-besieged territory.”

    Must be part of his “peaceful two state solution”.

    1. It’s just maddening #1. He wins the election by saying he will never agree to a 2 state solution, which reveals the true nature of the Israeli civilians who voted for him. Of course there was massive fraud. As the great Carlin said, elections are held to give the people the “illusion” that they actually have a say in anything. Now he tells NBC he wants to work towards a “peaceful two state solution” while, at the same time, unleashing the bulldozers for more Israeli expansion. It’s insane!

  2. Yeh, the poor disarmed military power of Israel being soooooo besieged….They just need/deserve/demand more land for a ‘buffer’ zone. Yeh, right. Damned bunch of scum bag pirates.

  3. Didn’t isrealhell claim a 67 mile buffer zone into Syria?

    Such twisty word manipulators. You’d think it was populated by a huge conglomerate of filthy joo lawyers?!

    Oh. Never mind.

      1. Haha Beats being a coincidence theorist;) How’s the new digs treating you, #1? Happy for you to be out of the S hole commiefornia!

        1. Love it here, Martist. I step out on the balcony for a smoke, and see nothing but forests and mountains (over the rooftops, 2nd story apt.).

          And then there’s the salmon run coming up… already got my ‘license’ (I’ll play their silly-@ss game for some salmon 🙂 ). Can’t wait for that!

          However, I got it from the next door neighbor that there was a murder out in front of the courthouse down the street last night. Heard the sirens (hate those things, came here to get away from them).

          Even in small towns, I guess…

          1. Ahhh that’s awesome, man! I wish and maybe someday for me. That’s how I want to live. Lots of country and scenery. Don’t want for more. It really is the little things that are huge!

            As far as the sirens go, maybe a crooked cop got just desserts? Silver lining 🙂

          2. Not sure, but I think it was a tweaker dispute.

            Yeah, the damn things are even here.

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