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Israeli forces open fire on Palestinian farmers, level lands in Gaza Strip

April 5, 2016 12:30 P.M. (Updated: April 5, 2016 4:10 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces opened fire on Palestinian farmers and leveled lands in the Gaza Strip Tuesday morning, locals said.

Witnesses told Ma’an they saw three Israeli bulldozers enter the Palestinian side of the Gaza borderline and level lands near the border fence on the outskirts of al-Nahdha neighborhood east of Rafah. No injuries were reported.

Separately, Israeli forces reportedly opened fire on Palestinian farmers tending their land in al-Najjar neighborhood near the village of Khuzaa in the southern Gaza Strip. No injuries have been reported.

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

Israeli military forces routinely enter the Gaza Strip near the “buffer zone,” which lies on the border between the besieged enclave and Israel.

Israeli military activities, which have become almost daily occurrences, often interfere with Palestinian farmers whose land lies in the area. Approximately 35 percent of Palestinian agricultural land in Gaza is inaccessible without high personal risk, according to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported in February at least 42 cases of Israeli forces opening fire on Palestinians in the buffer zone, on both land and sea sides.
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