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Israeli forces open fire on Gaza fishermen

Feb. 3, 2017 9:59 A.M. (Updated: Feb. 5, 2017 6:39 P.M.)
(File)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli naval forces opened fire on Palestinian fishing boats off the coast of the northern Gaza Strip on Friday morning.

Witnesses reported that gunshots were heard early Friday morning in northern Gaza as Israeli boats opened fire at fishermen off the coast of al-Sudaniya.

No injuries were reported and fishermen were forced to flee back to shore.

An Israeli army spokesperson said they were looking into reports.

Israeli army incursions inside the Palestinian territory have long been a near-daily occurrence, as the Israeli army regularly opens fire on unarmed Palestinian fishermen and farmers along the border areas if they approach Israel’s unilaterally declared “buffer zone,” which lies on both the land and sea sides of Gaza.

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

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