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Israeli forces level lands near Gaza City

Sept. 5, 2017 11:33 A.M. (Updated: Sept. 5, 2017 5:08 P.M.)
(File)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli military vehicles and bulldozers staged a limited incursion into the besieged Gaza Strip and leveled lands Tuesday morning, witnesses told Ma'an.

Eyewitnesses said that four D9 Israeli military bulldozers leveled land approximately 50 meters beyond Israel's border fence, east of the Shujaiyya neighborhood of Gaza City.

No gunfire was reported.

An Israeli army spokesperson said 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.

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, 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, which has been under an Israeli air, land, and sea blockade for 10 years.
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