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Israeli bulldozers raze lands in southern Gaza Strip

June 7, 2018 12:29 P.M. (Updated: June 7, 2018 3:41 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli military vehicles and bulldozers entered into agricultural Palestinian lands east Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on Thursday morning, razing and leveling lands along the “buffer zone.”

Locals told Ma’an that three Israeli military bulldozers entered into Gaza from a military post along the Israeli-imposed security fence and razed lands as Israeli drones flew over head.

The incursion comes one day before the last Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, in which protesters are expected to commemorate “International Jerusalem Day.”

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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