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Israeli naval forces open fire on Gaza fishermen for 2nd time in same day

Feb. 2, 2017 5:25 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 2, 2017 5:28 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces opened live fire at Palestinian fishing boats off the coast of northern Gaza for the second time on Thursday.

Head of the fishermen union, Zakariya Bakr told Ma’an that Israeli naval ships opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats off the coast of northern Gaza City. No injuries were reported.

Israeli naval boats had also opened fire at fishermen of the coast of Beit Lahiya on Thursday morning, while Israeli forces opened fire at Palestinian farmers in the eastern Gaza Strip.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an she would look into reports on the incident.

Israeli army incursions inside the Palestinian territory have long been a near-daily occurrence, as the Israeli army regularly opens fire on unarmed Palestinian fishermen and farmers along the border areas if they approach Israel’s unilaterally declared “buffer zone,” which lies on both the land and sea sides of Gaza.

The practice has in effect destroyed much of the agricultural and fishing sector of the blockaded coastal enclave.

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