Under Siege: Jabalia Refugee Camp, Gaza

23 November 2006

Israeli Bulldozers Destroy Palestinian Farmland near Jabalia Refugee Camp

The Israeli occupation forces destroyed Palestinian farmland today near Jabalia Refugee Camp in the Gaza Strip. Israeli bulldozers destroyed a large area planted with fruit trees and several greenhouses, while Israeli tanks fired ammunition and sound bombs so that the air was filled with bad-smelling smoke and the Palestinian residents could not see what the bulldozers were doing. This is part of an ongoing Israeli policy of destroying any sources of income within Gaza.

The Israeli soldiers also killed a 12-year-old boy, Iyad Muhammed Ibrahim, from Jabalia Refugee Camp. This Israeli aggression is part of an ongoing invasion of the area which started three days ago; 18 Palestinians have been killed so far and over 50 people wounded. The Israeli forces have also destroyed four houses and placed the entire area under siege so that Palestinian residents could not leave the camp, even to get food or medicine.