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Israel violates truce, levels land in north Gaza

Gaza after Israeli strikes on 5 May, 2019 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
A Palestinian child can be seen among rubble after Israeli forces carried out air strikes in Gaza on 5 May 2019 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

Several Israeli military vehicles raided Palestinian lands this morning, east of Beit Hanoun, in the northern besieged Gaza Strip.

A Ma’an reporter said that six large D-9 Israeli military bulldozers entered dozens of metres into Palestinian lands, east of Beit Hanoun.

Sources added that Israeli military bulldozers razed and levelled the lands while drones flew overhead.

Israeli military incursions inside the besieged Gaza Strip and near the “buffer zone” have long been a near-daily occurrence.

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The Israeli army also regularly detains and opens fire on unarmed Palestinian fishermen, shepherds, and farmers along the Israel-Gaza fence 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 12 years.

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