Israeli bulldozers raze lands, navy attacks Gaza fishermen

4 Apr

Ma’an News Agency, Gaza City, 4 April 2019

Several Israeli military vehicles raided Palestinian lands along the eastern borders of al-Breij refugee camp in central besieged Gaza Strip, on Wednesday.

Locals told Ma’an that five large D-9 Israeli military bulldozers entered dozens of metres into Palestinian lands, coming from the Israeli security border fence heading south.

Sources added that Israeli military bulldozers razed and leveled the lands while drones flew overhead. No shootings were reported.

Meanwhile, Israeli naval forces opened heavy fire towards Palestinian fishing boats off Gaza’s coast, within the permitted fishing zone, forcing the fishermen to head back to shore in fear for their lives.

Head of the Palestinian Fishermen Union in Gaza, Zakariya Bakr, told Ma’an that the Israeli navy opened fire at several fishing boats west of Khan Younis and Rafah, in southern Gaza, and west of Gaza City, in central Gaza. No injuries were reported either.

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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