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Israeli forces open fire at Gazans in Shujaiyya park

Aug. 6, 2014 7:22 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 6, 2014 10:09 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces opened fire at Gaza municipality staff while they were inspecting a destroyed park east of Shujaiyya, the workers said on Wednesday.

The attack came on the second day of a 72-hour ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militants and took place in the al-Qubba area of the neighborhood, which witnessed some of the most intensive Israeli bombardment over the course of the four-week Israeli assault.

An official from the Gaza municipality told Ma'an that "Israeli forces opened fire early Wednesday at the municipality staff that was checking the park of al-Qubba in eastern al-Shujaiyya," adding that no injuries were reported.

"They survived the gunfire by a miracle," the official added.

An Israeli military spokeswoman confirmed the incident, saying that after Palestinians "approached the (security) fence, soldiers opened fire into the air, and they retreated."

The Gaza municipality workers told Ma'an that $40,000 worth of damage had been caused in the park due to Israeli airstrikes and attacks over the last month.

Israel permanently maintains a "security buffer zone" that extends between 500 meters and 1500 meters into the Strip, encompassing around 17 percent of Gaza's total land area and 35 percent of its agricultural land and the lives and livelihoods of more than 100,000 Gazans.

Since Israel launched a massive assault on Gaza four weeks ago, the buffer zone has been extended into Gaza to cover around 44 percent of the entire land area.
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