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Israeli bulldozers level lands in eastern Gaza Strip

April 27, 2016 12:25 P.M. (Updated: April 27, 2016 4:44 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Israeli bulldozers leveled land east of al-Bureji refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip Wednesday morning after crossing through the border fence, witnesses said.

Witnesses told Ma’an that four armored bulldozers escorted by Israeli military vehicles crossed the border fence between Israel and the besieged enclave before leveling land on the Palestinian side of the border, leaving shortly after. No gunfire or injuries were reported.

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

Israeli military incursions inside the besieged Gaza Strip and near the “buffer zone" which lies on both land and sea sides of the strip, have long been a near-daily occurrence.

Palestinians who work near the “buffer zone” between the Palestinian enclave and Israel often come under fire from military forces, as the Israeli military has not made clear the precise area of the designated zone.

The Israeli army regularly open fires on Palestinian fisherman and farmers along the border areas, despite a ceasefire agreement that ended the 2014 war.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported last month 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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