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Israeli forces open fire on Palestinian farmlands in the southern Gaza Strip

Oct. 14, 2016 10:46 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 16, 2016 5:56 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces opened fire at Palestinian farmlands along the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip on Friday, according to locals. 

Witnesses told Ma’an that Israeli forces deployed in military towers along the borderline opened fire on the agricultural lands in eastern Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip.

No injuries were reported.

An Israeli army spokesperson said they were looking into reports.

Israeli military operations inside and along 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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