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Israeli forces open fire on fishermen, level lands in Gaza

Nov. 20, 2017 9:46 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 20, 2017 10:05 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Several Israeli bulldozers entered into the Gaza Strip on Monday where they razed and leveled lands, as Israeli naval forces opened fire on Palestinian fishermen off the coast.

Witnesses told Ma’an that four Israeli bulldozers entered dozens of meters into lands east of Gaza City in northern Gaza, coming from the Nahal Oz military site, where they razed and leveled lands in the area.

Meanwhile, Israeli naval boats opened fire on Palestinian fishing boats off the coast of northern Gaza. 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.

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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