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Israeli forces open fire at Palestinian shepherds, bird hunters in southern Gaza

Dec. 21, 2016 12:10 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 21, 2016 4:16 P.M.)
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces opened fire at Palestinian shepherds and bird hunters in the southern Gaza Strip on Wednesday morning.

Witnesses told Ma’an that Israeli forces in military towers across the border from Khan Yunis opened fire discontinuously at shepherds and bird hunters in several areas along the borderline.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that they were looking into the reports.

Israeli forces also reportedly opened fire at Palestinian lands in the al-Fukhari area east of Khan Yunis late on Tuesday.

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.

Palestinians who work near the “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 Israeli army regularly open fires on Palestinian fishermen and farmers along the border areas, despite a ceasefire agreement that ended the 2014 war.

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