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Israeli forces raze lands in Gaza, open fire on Palestinian fishing boats

April 20, 2017 1:04 P.M. (Updated: April 20, 2017 2:07 P.M.)
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Several Israeli army bulldozers raided lands near the al-Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip on Thursday morning, while Israeli naval forces opened fire on Palestinians fishermen in northern Gaza.

Witnesses told Ma’an that five Israeli bulldozers entered eastern al-Bureij and proceeded to raze and level lands. No shootings were reported.

Meanwhile, Israeli naval ships opened fire on Palestinian fishing boats in the northern Gaza Strip. No injuries were reported.

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

Palestinians who live and work near the unilaterally declared “buffer zone,” which lies on both the land and sea sides of Gaza, often face military incursions and 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.

Gazan fishermen, whose numbers are estimated to be around 4,000, have suffered from the near decade-long siege of the Gaza Strip, which limits their incursions to just six nautical miles into the sea in accordance with the ceasefire agreement signed with Palestinian factions in 2014.

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