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Israeli bulldozers raze lands in southern Gaza

Jan. 18, 2019 11:03 A.M. (Updated: Jan. 18, 2019 2:18 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli military vehicles entered, on Friday, dozens of meters into Palestinian lands, east of Rafah, in the southern besieged Gaza Strip.

A Ma'an reporter said that four Israeli bulldozers entered dozens of meters into the border fence and razed and leveled lands while drones flew overhead.

Meanwhile, Israeli naval forces opened fire towards Palestinian fishing boats, northwest of Gaza.

No injuries were reported from the shooting.

The two incidents come before the 43rd “Great March of Return” sets off on Friday afternoon in attempt to break the Israeli siege.

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 nearly 12 years.

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