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Israeli forces open fire on Palestinian lands in eastern Khan Yunis

Jan. 21, 2017 12:28 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 23, 2017 7:20 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces opened live fire on Palestinian land in eastern Khan Yunis of the southern Gaza Strip on Saturday.

No injuries were reported.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an she would look into reports on the incident.

On Friday, a six-year-old girl in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip was injured in the stomach by a bullet fired by Israeli forces deployed at watchtowers on the border area. While her injuries were initially reported as moderate, she was transferred to the al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City after her condition became critical.

The same day, Israeli forces shot and injured a Palestinian fisherman with a rubber bullet off the coast of the northern Gaza Strip after Israeli forces opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats.

Palestinians who live and work near the unilaterally declared “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 practice has in effect destroyed much of the agricultural sector of the blockaded coastal enclave.

The al-Mezan Center for Human Rights condemned Israeli army violations against Palestinian fishermen, saying that they posed a real threat to the rights of civilians in the Gaza Strip.

Al-Mezan said that fishermen had a right to exercise their profession in Gaza, and that Israeli forces were breaching international humanitarian law by preventing fishermen from earning their livelihoods.

The group added that Palestinian fishermen were continuously at risk of being killed, injured or arbitrarily detained, and called upon the international community to intervene.

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