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Israeli forces shoot, injure Palestinian farmer in central Gaza

July 20, 2016 1:37 P.M. (Updated: July 20, 2016 2:19 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces on Wednesday morning shot and injured a Palestinian farmer working on his agricultural land near the Israeli border east of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza strip, medical sources told Ma’an.

The sources said the 33-year-old man was hit by a rubber-coated steel bullet.

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

On a near-daily basis, the Israeli army fires "warning shots" at Palestinian fishermen, farmers, and shepherds entering the Israeli-enforced “buffer zone” on land and sea, implemented after Israel imposed a blockade on the Gaza Strip nearly 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 farmers and 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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