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Israeli forces open fire at farmlands in southern Gaza Strip

Dec. 17, 2016 12:06 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 17, 2016 4:15 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces stationed east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip opened fire on Palestinian farmlands in the area Saturday morning.

Witnesses told Ma'an that Israeli forces opened fire from across the border fence at agricultural lands east of Khan Yunis, though 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 the land and sea sides of Gaza, have long been a near-daily occurrence.

Palestinians who work near the unilaterally declared “buffer zone” between the Palestinian enclave and Israel often come under fire from military forces, as the Israeli military has not made clear the precise area of the designated zone.

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

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