Israeli Army Opens Fire at Protest near Gaza

WAFA FEB 21 2012

JERUSALEM, February 21, 2012 (WAFA) – Israeli army units Tuesday opened fire at a non-violent demonstration against the buffer zone between Israel and the Gaza Strip near Beit Hanoun, north of Gaza, according to participants.

No injuries were reported.

Beit Hanoun residents often protest against the buffer zone, which is a military no-go area that extends along the entire northern and eastern perimeter of the Gaza Strip’s border with Israel and goes deep into the Palestinian Territory at a range of between 500 meters to two kilometers.

The buffer zone encompasses 30% of Gaza’s agricultural land and around 27,000 dunums, according to the Gaza-based Palestinian Center for Human Rights.

Palestinians, mainly farmers and landowners, are denied access to the land; whereas Israeli forces use live fire against anyone within the buffer zone.


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