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Israeli navy opens fire at Palestinian fishermen off Gaza coast

Dec. 15, 2017 5:56 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 16, 2017 12:56 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli naval forces opened fire on Palestinian fishermen off the coast of Beit Lahiya in northern Gaza Strip on Friday morning.

Locals said that no injuries were reported among fishermen.

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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