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Israeli navy shoots and injures Gaza fisherman, bulldozers level land near border

July 19, 2016 10:05 A.M. (Updated: July 19, 2016 1:59 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Israeli naval ships opened fire on a Palestinian fishing boat sailing off the coast of the northwestern Gaza Strip Tuesday morning, injuring a fisherman who was on board.

A Gaza-based human rights organization which monitors Israeli attacks on fishermen told Ma’an that a fisherman was hit in the hand and was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Separately, Israeli bulldozers under military escort entered the central Gaza Strip on Tuesday morning and leveled land in eastern al-Bureji refugee camp, witnesses said.

Locals added that they saw six armored Israeli bulldozers enter the Palestinian side of the border from a gate in the Wadi Abu Qatron area east of al-Bureij refugee camp.

The bulldozers reportedly leveled lands and subsequently left. No gunfire was reported.

An Israeli army spokesperson said they were looking into reports of both incidents.

Israeli military incursions inside the besieged Gaza Strip and near the “buffer zone" which lies on both land and sea sides of Gaza, 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 fishermen and farmers along the border areas, despite a ceasefire agreement that ended the 2014 war.

The practice has in effect destroyed much of the agricultural and fishing sectors of the blockaded coastal enclave.
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