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Israeli forces open fire east of Khan Younis, injure 3 Palestinians

April 17, 2015 8:37 P.M. (Updated: April 18, 2015 7:05 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces shot and injured three Palestinians east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on Friday.

Witnesses said that Israeli forces deployed along the Gazan border opened fire on the Palestinians in the al-Sanati area in Khan Younis.

The three injured have been taken to the European Hospital in Khan Younis for treatment.

Israeli forces have repeatedly opened fire on Palestinian civilians near the border since the ceasefire agreement signed Aug. 26, 2014 that ended a devastating 50-day war between Israel and Hamas.

In March alone, there were a total of 38 incidents of shootings, incursions into the Strip, and arrests, according to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR).

That was up from 26 incidents through February, and left seven Palestinians injured and one dead.

The attacks come despite Israeli promises at the end of the ceasefire to ease restrictions on Palestinian access to the border region near the "security buffer zone."

According to PCHR, the "buffer zone," which Palestinians are prohibited from entering, "is illegal under both Israeli and international law."

The group said: "The precise area designated by Israel as a 'buffer zone' is not clear and this Israeli policy is typically enforced with live fire."
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