Israeli military vehicles stormed the Palestinian side of the border between the besieged Gaza Strip and Israel on Monday morning, according to eyewitnesses.
told Ma'an that they saw six bulldozers leveling lands under Israeli
military protection near the border fence, east of the village of
al-Qarara in southeastern Gaza. No gunfire was reported.
An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an they were looking into reports.
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
Palestinians who work near the
buffer zone often come under fire from Israeli military forces, 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.
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.