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Israeli forces open fire on lands in southern Gaza Strip

Nov. 13, 2017 4:29 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 14, 2017 2:20 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces opened fire at Palestinian agricultural lands in the eastern part of the Khan Younis district in the southern Gaza Strip on Monday morning.

Witnesses told Ma’an that Israeli forces opened fire from inside the border fence towards agricultural lands. No injuries were reported.

An Israeli army spokesperson said 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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