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Israeli bulldozers level land in northern Gaza Strip

Oct. 16, 2017 2:48 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 17, 2017 2:04 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Several Israeli bulldozers entered the Beit Lahiya town of the northern Gaza Strip and razed lands on Monday, according to locals.

Witnesses told Ma'an that four Israeli military bulldozers entered dozens of meters into Beit Lahiya, where they leveled and razed lands near the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel.

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

An Israeli army spokesperson said they were looking into reports.

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.

The Israeli army also regularly detains and opens fire on unarmed Palestinian fishermen, shepherds, and farmers along the border areas if they approach the buffer zone, 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, which has been under an Israeli air, land, and sea blockade for 10 years.

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