Gaza: Israeli occupation forces bulldoze land and open fire on fishermen

Published May 2nd, 2016 - 11:00 GMT
A Palestinian farmer works in his fields in the Gaza Strip village of Khuzaa. (AFP/File)
A Palestinian farmer works in his fields in the Gaza Strip village of Khuzaa. (AFP/File)

Several Israeli military vehicles and bulldozers leveled lands inside the southern Gaza Strip Monday morning, as Israeli forces also opened fire on Palestinian fisherman in the northern Gaza Strip.

Witnesses told Ma'an that four armored military bulldozers and three digging machines escorted by Israeli military vehicles stormed the Gaza Strip buffer zone east of Rafah.

The convoy entered through a gate in the security fence near the Sufa military base, and pulled back outside of Gaza territory shortly after the bulldozers carried out earthworks, witnesses said.

In a separate incident, Israeli naval forces opened fire at Gaza fishermen off the coast of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip. No casualties were reported.

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 the strip, have long been a near-daily occurrence.

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.

The Israeli army regularly open fires on Palestinian fisherman and farmers along the border areas, despite a ceasefire agreement that ended the 2014 war.

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