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Israeli forces fire at Palestinian fishermen, agricultural lands in Gaza

March 26, 2017 12:32 P.M. (Updated: March 26, 2017 4:07 P.M.)
(File)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces opened fire along the border with the southern besieged Gaza Strip on two separate instances on Sunday morning, with no injuries being reported in either case.

The Israeli navy's gunboats opened fire at unarmed Palestinian fishing boats off the coast of the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Yunis, local sources said.

Separately, Israeli troops opened fire at Palestinian agricultural lands east of al-Qarara in Khan Yunis.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an she was "not familiar" with either of the incidents.

Israeli army incursions inside the Palestinian territory have long been a near-daily occurrence, as the Israeli army regularly opens fire on unarmed Palestinian fishermen and farmers along the border areas if they approach Israel’s unilaterally declared “buffer zone,” which lies on both the land and sea sides of Gaza.

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