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Palestinian farmer injured by Israeli fire in southern Gaza

March 3, 2018 7:10 P.M. (Updated: March 6, 2018 3:04 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian farmer was injured on Saturday as Israeli forces opened fire on lands in the southern Gaza Strip district of Khan Younis.

Spokesperson of the Gaza Ministry of Health Ashraf al-Qidra said that a 59-year-old Palestinian farmer sustained a moderate injury after he was shot in the back by Israeli forces while he was tending to his land in eastern Khan Younis.

The farmer was only identified as being from the Abu Jame family.

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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