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Israeli military vehicles, bulldozers raid southern Gaza Strip

Sept. 24, 2017 11:01 A.M. (Updated: Sept. 24, 2017 4:41 P.M.)
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli military vehicles and four bulldozers conducted a limited incursion into the southern Gaza Strip near Khan Yunis on Sunday morning and proceeded to level lands, witnesses said, with no gunfire being reported.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an they would look into the incident.

Israeli maintains a "security buffer zone" along Gaza's land and sea border and frequently levels land inside and close to this zone.

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.

While Israel typically cites security concerns when targeting Palestinian agricultural areas, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights has reported in the past that farmers and fishermen were often targeted when they posed no threat.

Approximately 35 percent of Palestinian agricultural land in Gaza is inaccessible without high personal risk, according to the center.
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