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Israeli forces level lands, fire at fishermen in Gaza

Jan. 25, 2017 9:54 A.M. (Updated: Jan. 25, 2017 6:25 P.M.)
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Several Israeli military vehicles on Wednesday morning crossed the border fence with the Gaza Strip into Palestinian lands east of Rafah in the southern Gaza.

Witnesses told Ma'an that four Israeli bulldozers leveled lands near the border fence east of Rafah as military aircrafts hovered overhead during the incident.

Separately, Israeli naval forces fired gunshots at Palestinian fishing boats off the coast of Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip. No injuries have been reported.

Earlier on Tuesday night, Israeli artillery targeted a military post in an open area between al-Bureij and al-Maghazi refugee camps in the central Gaza Strip.

An Israeli army spokesperson said 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” often come under fire from Israeli military forces, as the authorities have not made clear the precise area of the designated zone.

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

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