Occupied Jerusalem, - Israeli occupation forces markedly increased their attacks on Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip during the second quarter of 2016, United Nations (UN) data has revealed.

During the period April-June, there were an average of more than 90 shooting incidents per month by Israeli forces in Gaza's so-called access restricted areas (ARA) - some 60 on land, and 30 at sea. This is more than double the equivalent average figures for the last six months of 2015.

Israeli occupation forces have long attacked farmers, fishermen and other civilians in Gaza's ARA. As the UN described in July, Israel's unilaterally-imposed access restrictions are "enforced by firing direct or warning live ammunition, the destruction of property, arrests and the confiscation of equipment." Presenting the latest figures in a quarterly update published last month, the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) described "the use of force by Israel" in the ARA as a "particular cause for concern."

Source: Qatar News Agency