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Israeli forces shoot at fishermen, enter Gaza border area

Feb. 23, 2017 11:35 A.M. (Updated: Feb. 23, 2017 1:39 P.M.)
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli naval forces opened fire at Palestinian fishermen in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday morning, while army bulldozers crossed the borderline of the besieged coastal enclave.

Israeli army ships deployed off the coasts of Beit Lahiya and Gaza City fired in the direction of fishermen, locals told Ma’an. No injuries were reported.

Meanwhile, four Israeli bulldozers escorted by drones flying overhead entered the central Gaza Strip east of Deir al-Balah on Thursday morning, witnesses told Ma’an.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that they were looking into the reports.

The incidents took place two days after a Palestinian fisherman was shot in the back and critically injured while being detained by Israeli forces.

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 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 and fishing sectors of the blockaded coastal enclave.
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