Israeli Military Razes Land in Gaza Border Area

KHAN YOUNES, April 12, 2016 (WAFA) – Israeli military vehicles on Tuesday entered agricultural lands in the borderline area to the east of Khan Younes, in southern Gaza Strip, WAFA correspondent said.

He told WAFA that multiple Israeli armored tanks entered the border area and leveled Palestinian lands, while shooting live fire indiscriminately. There were no reports of injuries, however.

Israeli forces frequently shoot at farmers and other civilians inside the Gaza Strip if they approach large swathes of land near the border, which the Israeli military has deemed off-s to Palestinians.

The “security buffer zone” extends between 500 meters and 1500 meters into the Strip, effectively turning local farms into no-go zones.

According to UNOCHA, 17 percent of Gaza’s total land area and 35 percent of its agricultural land were within the buffer zone as of 2010, directly affecting the lives and livelihoods of more than 100,000 Gazans.

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