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Israel levels Gaza farms in search of tunnels

Israeli airstrikes on seemingly empty tracts are often agricultural lands vital to Gaza’s food production.
A Palestinian woman harvests barley on a farm near the border of southern Gaza Strip with Israel April 28, 2014. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa (GAZA - Tags: AGRICULTURE) - RTR3MW60
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israel is still bombing agricultural lands as part of its operations in different regions in the Gaza Strip. These regions have become a main target for the Israeli army since the start of Operation Protective Edge on July 8. This proves that the systematic Israeli air raids against them have an underlying security target.

The night shelling had gone on for days before the start of Operation Protective Edge, and Israel had targeted the agricultural lands in the different areas of the Gaza Strip. After the start of the operation — which was first restricted to air raids, then included the use of warships — the intensity and magnitude of shelling against agricultural and arid lands increased in the south, north, southwest, east and center of the Gaza Strip.

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