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Israeli troops fire on European, American volunteers harvesting olives in Gaza

Nov. 6, 2008 3:59 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 6, 2008 3:59 P.M.)
Bethlehem - Ma'an - Israeli troops opened fire on international volunteers helping to harvest olives in the Gaza Strip near the border with Israel on Thursday morning.

According to the volunteers, British, American, and Italian citizens were fired on by soldiers in two jeeps and Israeli watchtower. The group is on foot and one American citizen was driving a tractor.

No injuries were reported.

The Israeli military operates a 500-meter "buffer zone" inside the Gaza Strip along the Green Line. Palestinian farmers have come under frequent attack along the border zone.
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