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Israeli bulldozers enter southern Gaza Strip, raze lands along border

March 22, 2018 11:53 A.M. (Updated: March 25, 2018 11:57 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Several Israeli military vehicles raided into the “buffer zone” along the border with the southern Gaza Strip on Thursday morning.

Locals from the Khan Younis district town Khuzaa that six Israeli military bulldozers entered into the eastern area of the town.

The bulldozers razed and leveled lands by the Israeli security fence along the border, as drones flew overhead.

As part of Israel's blockade of the coastal enclave since 2007, the Israeli army, citing security concerns, requires Palestinian fishermen to work within a limited "designated fishing zone," the exact limits of which are decided by the Israeli authorities and have historically fluctuated.

The Israeli army regularly detains and opens fire on unarmed Palestinian fishermen, shepherds, and farmers along the border areas if they approach the unilaterally declared buffer zone.

Israeli human rights group B’Tselem recently concluded that Israel’s Gaza closure and “harassment of fishermen” have been “destroying Gaza’s fishing sector,” with 95 percent of fishermen living below the poverty line.

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