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Israeli bulldozers enter Gaza Strip for second time Thursday

April 6, 2017 3:49 P.M. (Updated: April 6, 2017 4:29 P.M.)
GAZA (Ma’an) -- Israeli military bulldozers entered the northern part of the besieged Gaza Strip for the second time on Thursday, following a similar incursion into the lands of Beit Lahiya earlier in the day.

Witnesses told Ma’an that four Israeli military bulldozers launched a limited incursion into the northern lands of Beit Hanoun, and leveled the lands there around noon.

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

Earlier in the day, witnesses had told Ma’an that seven Israeli bulldozers entered dozens of meters into Beit Lahiya from the Israeli Zikim military site along the border with the besieged Gaza Strip.

Witnesses added that Israeli drones were also flying above the area at the time.

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” often come under fire from Israeli military forces, 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.

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