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Israeli forces open fire towards Gaza fishermen

Feb. 14, 2017 11:48 A.M. (Updated: Feb. 14, 2017 4:55 P.M.)
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli naval forces opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats off the coast of the northern Gaza Strip on Tuesday morning.

Fishermen told Ma'an that Israeli military ships fired at them off the coast of Beit Lahiya. No injuries were reported.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an they would look into reports of the incidents.

Israeli army incursions inside the besieged 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.

The incidents came after Israel bombarded the small Palestinian territory with multiple airstrikes and artillery fire last week, which left at least three Palestinians injured.
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