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Israeli forces open fire on Palestinian agricultural land in southern Gaza Strip

Jan. 3, 2017 10:27 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 3, 2017 10:27 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces Tuesday evening opened live fire on Palestinian lands in eastern Rafah in the southern part of the besieged Gaza Strip. 

Witnesses told Ma’an that Israeli forces deployed at eastern Rafah opened fire at Palestinian agricultural lands. No injuries were reported.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an she would look into reports on the incident. 

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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