An explosive device detonated under an armored Israeli bulldozer on the Palestinian side of the ‘borderline’ of the Gaza Strip on Friday, the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stated.
According to the IOF, a D-9 bulldozer from the Israeli military’s engineering unit was performing “routine activity” near the ‘border’ in the southern end of the Gaza Strip when the device detonated as the bulldozer drove over it. No injuries were reported.
The IOF regularly enter the Gaza Strip, most often in the Israeli-enforced “buffer zone” on both land and sea side of the besieged enclave.
Such invasions, besides violating a ceasefire agreement reached on Aug. 26, 2014, have a direct impact on the Strip’s fishing and agricultural industries as workers lives are put in danger on a near-daily basis.
On Thursday, the Israeli naval forces detained two Palestinian fishermen off the Gazan coast for allegedly heading beyond the designated nine-nautical-mile fishing zone.
Speaking to the local press, Amjad al-Sharafi, an official with the fishermen’s union, said that Israeli boats detained the fishermen, identified as Iyad Allun and Raed Abu Odeh, off the coast of Khan Younis and left their boat drifting at sea before it was towed back to shore by other fishermen.
The Israeli navy regularly detain Palestinian fisherman off the coast of Gaza claiming they went beyond the designated fishing zone, which was recently extended from six to nine nautical miles.