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Israeli bulldozers, accompanied by drones, level land in Gaza

April 14, 2016 10:44 A.M. (Updated: April 14, 2016 1:01 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Several Israeli bulldozers entered into the southern Gaza Strip early Thursday and leveled land near the borderline, locals said.

Witnesses told Ma'an that four Israeli military bulldozers entered dozens of meters into the eastern Rafah district and leveled lands near the border fence.

They added that Israeli drones were flying above the area at the time. No shooting was reported.

An Israeli army spokesperson said they were looking into the reports.

Locals have reported incursions into the Rafah district by Israeli bulldozers and drones on a near-daily basis in the past ten days.

While the army typically cites “routine activity” in the Israeli-enforced “buffer zone” along the border with Israel and off of Gaza’s coast, forces often open fire on Palestinian farmers and fishermen working near the zone.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported at least 30 incidents of Israeli military forces opening fire in the "buffer zone" in the first week of April alone, in two cases injuring Palestinians were were as far as 350 meters away from the border.

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