Approximately 100 farm owners in the Gaza Strip from the eastern areas of Gaza have been affected by the occupation of their lands and the destruction of their agricultural crops.
Engineer Wael Thabet, Director General of Planning and Policies at the Ministry of Agriculture in Gaza, the ministry estimated the initial damage and losses resulting from the Israeli occupation’s opening of rainwater ferries east of Gaza City and Beit Hanoun, as well as the result of the recent depression at more than one and a half million dollars.
He explained that the area of agricultural land that was flooded with rainwater due to the opening of the ferries was 600 dunums east of Gaza, and 100 dunums east of Beit Hanoun.
He stressed that this is the second time within a month that the occupation opened ferries and water dams in eastern Gaza, noting that this crime is repeated every year, which leads to drowning and destruction of farmers’ crops and inflicting more losses on them.
And he called on human rights institutions to intervene urgently to stop this repeated series of Israeli violations of the right of farmers and their lands, calling on the parties supporting the agricultural sector to help farmers affected by the opening of the dams and the recent depression.
He stated that the ministry’s field staff are still counting the damage and losses resulting from the depression, indicating that the greenhouses were the most damaging of the depression.