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Israeli bulldozers raze lands in southern Gaza

Dec. 27, 2017 5:00 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 28, 2017 5:55 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Several Israeli bulldozers entered into the “buffer zone” along the border with southern Gaza on Wednesday, where they razed and leveled lands in the area, according to locals.

Witnesses told Ma’an that four Israeli bulldozers entered 50 meters into the Gaza from the border fence, in the Khuzaa town, east of Khan Younis city in southern Gaza.

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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