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Israeli forces raid lands, attack Palestinian farmers in Gaza

March 28, 2019 10:40 A.M. (Updated: March 28, 2019 3:03 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Several Israeli military vehicles raided Palestinian lands and attacked farmers along the eastern borders of Rafah in the southern besieged Gaza Strip, on Thursday morning.

Locals told Ma'an that four large D-9 Israeli military bulldozers entered dozens of meters into Palestinian lands, east of Rafah, and razed the lands while drones flew overhead.

Sources also mentioned that Israeli forces heavily fired tear-gas bombs towards Palestinian agricultural lands, forcing farmers to flee the area.

No injuries were reported.

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 nearly 12 years.

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