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Israeli forces open fire at farmers, fishermen in Gaza

Feb. 4, 2017 9:30 A.M. (Updated: Feb. 4, 2017 5:22 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces opened fire at Palestinian lands and fishermen in the besieged Gaza Strip early Saturday.

Witnesses told Ma’an that Israeli forces deployed behind the barrier fence between Israel and the besieged enclave opened fire at Palestinian farmers working on their lands near Israel’s unilaterally declared “buffer zone.”

Meanwhile, Israeli naval forces also opened live fire at Palestinian fishermen off the coast of Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip.

No injuries were reported in either incidents.

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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