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Israeli forces open fire on Palestinian lands in southern Gaza Strip

June 10, 2016 12:30 P.M. (Updated: June 10, 2016 12:34 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) --Israeli forces opened fire on Palestinian lands in eastern Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on Friday, witnesses told Ma’an.

Israeli forces deployed east of Shuhada Khuzaa School in Khan Yunis opened fire at Palestinian agricultural lands, witnesses said.

No injuries were reported.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an she was looking into reports.

On a near daily basis, the Israeli army fires "warning shots" at Palestinian fisherman, farmers, and shepherds entering the Israeli-enforced “buffer zone,” a unilaterally declared area 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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