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Israeli bulldozers raze lands near Gaza protest camps

May 18, 2018 1:09 P.M. (Updated: May 19, 2018 2:46 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli military vehicles entered into the southeastern Gaza Strip on Friday and razed lands close to the Israeli border fence, according to locals.

Local sources told Ma’an that two Israeli military bulldozers entered dozens of meters into the Gaza “buffer zone,” near protest camps, and razed lands in the area.

No instances of Israeli fire were reported.

Israeli drones were also seen flying above protest camps near Rafah City, as Israeli military forces also deployed alongside the eastern borders of Gaza.

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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