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Israeli forces level lands, open fire at fishermen in northern Gaza

April 5, 2017 11:41 A.M. (Updated: April 6, 2017 10:54 P.M.)
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GAZA (Ma’an) -- Israeli army forces razed lands Wednesday morning in the northern Gaza Strip, while Israeli naval forces opened fire on Gaza fishermen, also off the coast of northern Gaza, according to local sources.

Witnesses told Ma’an that Israeli military vehicles conducted a “limited incursion” onto lands in eastern Jabaliya in northern Gaza, with Israeli military bulldozers leveling lands in the area.

Separately, Israeli naval forces opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats off the northern coast of Gaza. No injuries were reported.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that they were unaware of any shots fired towards Palestinian fishermen, but that they would look into reports of the incursion near Jabaliya.

Palestinians who live and work near the unilaterally declared “buffer zone,” which lies on both the land and sea sides of Gaza, often face military incursions and 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 sector of the blockaded coastal enclave.

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