RAFAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces reportedly detained two Palestinians after they allegedly approached the border area between Gaza and Israel on Sunday evening, Wafa news agency reported.
According to the official Palestinian news agency, Israeli forces fired live ammunition towards the Palestinians and flares in the sky as they approached the borderline in the southern Gaza Strip, east of the city of Rafah.
An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that they were looking into the reports.
Palestinians often come under fire from military forces near the “buffer zone” between the Palestinian enclave and Israel, while the Israeli military has not made clear the precise area of the designated zone.
The nearly ten-year Israeli blockade has plunged the Gaza Strip’s more than 1.8 million Palestinians into dire poverty.
The destruction from three Israeli offensives over the past six years and slow reconstruction due to the blockade have also led the UN in 2015 to warn that Gaza could be “uninhabitable” by 2020.
(Source / 30.01.2017)