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Israeli army bulldozers level lands in southeastern Gaza

May 30, 2016 9:56 A.M. (Updated: May 30, 2016 4:28 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Israeli army vehicles crossed the border fence into the besieged Gaza Strip early on Monday morning to level lands, witnesses told Ma’an.

The eyewitnesses said Israeli military vehicles and bulldozers coming from the Sufa military base entered private Palestinian lands east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip.

Bulldozers reportedly leveled lands approximately 50 meters into Gaza while Israeli jets hovered in the sky. No gunfire was reported.

Meanwhile in the northern Gaza Strip, witnesses said that Israeli forces launched a surveillance balloon near the town of Beit Hanoun while fighter jets flew over the area.

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

Israeli maintains a "security buffer zone" along Gaza's land and sea border and frequently levels land inside and close to this zone.

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.

Israeli forces made at least 30 military incursions into the Gaza Strip so far in 2016, according to documentation by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
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