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Israeli forces open fire at Palestinian unarmed bird hunters in southern Gaza

Oct. 12, 2016 12:41 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 12, 2016 5:42 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces opened fire at unarmed Palestinian bird hunters who were using nets at the eastern borders of the Khan Yunis district in the southern Gaza Strip Wednesday morning.

Witnesses told Ma’an that soldiers deployed at Israeli military watchtowers opened fire at borderlines alongside the al-Fukhari, al-Umour, Khuzaa, Abasan al-Kabira, Abasan al-Jadida, and al-Qarrara villages.

No injuries were reported.

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

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.

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