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Israeli forces level lands in northern Gaza Strip

Sept. 11, 2017 12:46 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 11, 2017 1:55 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Several Israeli military vehicles and bulldozers crossed the border with the Gaza Strip on Monday morning and leveled lands in the “buffer zone” in the northern coastal enclave.

Witnesses told Ma’an that six bulldozer leveled lands east of Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip under military protection.

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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