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Israeli forces level lands near Gaza border fence

Sept. 12, 2017 10:33 A.M. (Updated: Sept. 12, 2017 12:24 P.M.)
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Several Israeli military bulldozers crossed the border with the Gaza Strip on Tuesday morning and leveled lands in the “buffer zone” east of Khan Younis in the southern part of the besieged coastal enclave, according to Palestinian security sources.

The sources said that four D9 bulldozers arrived from Israel's Kissufim military post, crossed the border fence through a gate in the area, and leveled land near the fence.

Witnesses said Israeli reconnaissance planes hovered at low altitude during the limited Israeli incursion.

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

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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