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Israeli forces level lands on the Palestinian side of Gaza border

June 19, 2017 12:00 P.M. (Updated: June 19, 2017 2:38 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli military bulldozers stormed the Palestinian side of the border between the besieged Gaza Strip and Israel on two separate occasions Monday morning, eyewitnesses told Ma'an.

Witnesses said they saw four bulldozers leveling lands under Israeli military protection near the border fence, near what was once the Sofa crossing northeast of Rafah city in the southern Gaza Strip. No gunfire was reported.

Separately, Israeli bulldozers and military vehicles leveled lands near the Erez crossing in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an that they were looking into the reports.

Israeli military incursions inside the besieged Gaza Strip and near the “buffer zone," which lies on both land and sea sides of Gaza, have long been a near-daily occurrence.

Palestinians who work near the buffer zone often come under fire from Israeli military forces, as the authorities have not made clear the precise area of the designated zone.

The practice has in effect destroyed much of the agricultural and fishing sector of the blockaded coastal enclave.

The Israeli army also regularly detains and opens fire on unarmed Palestinian fishermen, shepherds, and farmers along the border areas if they approach the buffer zone.
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