Witnesses said that Israeli military vehicles, including two bulldozers, entered al-Bureij from the border area between the besieged enclave and Israel and proceeded to level and raze land inside Palestinian territory.
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.
Palestinians who work near the unilaterally declared “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 practice has in effect destroyed much of the agricultural sector of the blockaded coastal enclave.Israeli activities along the border area, including the near decade-long siege of the Gaza Strip, has caused frequent clashes to erupt between Palestinian youths and Israeli forces during protests near the security barrier with Israel. Last week, an 18-year-old Palestinian was shot in the head by Israeli forces during protests near the border with Israel east of al-Bureij refugee camp. The Israeli army, however, denied involvement in the deadly shooting. At least 28 Palestinians in Gaza have been killed by Israeli forces since a wave of violence first erupted across the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel last October, according to Ma’an documentation.
More than 1,500 Gazans have been injured by Israeli forces since the start of 2015, the vast majority during clashes that broke out with the Israeli military during protests since October, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.The Israeli-imposed blockade has plunged the Gaza Strip’s more than 1.8 million Palestinians into poverty. The destruction from three Israeli offensives over the past six years and slow reconstruction due to the blockade led the UN in September to warn that Gaza could be “uninhabitable” by 2020