30 Dec '15, 2pm

Israeli military admits to spraying crop-killing herbicides in Gaza

Israeli military admits to spraying crop-killing herbicides in Gaza

After several days of reports from Palestinian farmers, the Israeli Defense Force has admitted to aerial spraying herbicides throughout a large swath of Gazan farmland. “The aerial spraying of herbicides and germination inhibitors was conducted in the area along the border fence last week in order to enable optimal and continuous security operations,” says an IDF spokesperson. Palestinian officials report that over 420 acres of land in central Gaza, much of which was planted with cool season crops such as spinach, peas, and parsley, has been damaged by the herbicides. This loss of crops and land is a painful blow to the residents of Gaza, who already struggle to meet basic needs due to an Israeli blockade.

Full article: http://inhabitat.com/israeli-military-admits-to-spraying-...

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