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Israeli forces open fire on farmers, shepherds in Gaza

June 4, 2016 12:29 P.M. (Updated: June 5, 2016 4:52 P.M.)
GAZA (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Saturday morning opened fire at farmers and shepherds east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip.

Witnesses told Ma'an Israeli forces deployed near a school in the village of Khuzaa opened fire at a group of Palestinians, with no injuries reported.

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

On a near daily basis, the Israeli army fires "warning shots" on Palestinian fisherman, farmers, and shepherds entering the Israeli-enforced “buffer zone,” implemented after Israel imposed a blockade on the Gaza Strip a decade ago.

Due to the high frequency of the attacks, live fire often goes unreported.

While Israel typically cites security concerns when targeting Palestinian agricultural areas, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights has reported in the past that fishermen were often targeted when they posed no threat.

Approximately 35 percent of Palestinian agricultural land in Gaza is inaccessible without high personal risk, according to the center.
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