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Israeli forces level Palestinian lands near Gaza border fence

June 5, 2017 2:08 P.M. (Updated: June 5, 2017 7:45 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) – Israeli military vehicles entered the Palestinian controlled side of the border area between Israel and the besieged Gaza Strip on Monday morning east of Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern part of the territory.

Witnesses told Ma'an that four bulldozers crossed the border fence into the Palestinian territory under military protection and leveled lands not far from the fence, while Israeli troops stationed on the other side of the fence fired gunshots toward Palestinian agricultural lands.

No injuries were reported.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an they were looking into reports.

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 Israeli military forces, as the authorities have not made clear the precise area of the designated zone.

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

The Israeli army also regularly detains and opens fire on unarmed Palestinian fishermen, shepherds, and farmers along the border areas if they approach the buffer zone.
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