Israeli forces raze land in Gaza incursion
Published Tuesday 22/10/2013 (updated) 22/10/2013 14:33
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli military vehicles entered border areas in the northern and eastern Gaza Strip on Tuesday and razed land along the buffer zone, witnesses said.
Four military vehicles and two tanks penetrated dozens of meters into an area east of Beit Hanoun, with reports of live gunfire, according to locals.
Israeli forces razed land along the buffer zone and set fire to grasslands during the incursion.
No injuries were reported.
Meanwhile, three Israeli vehicles entered an area in the central Gaza Strip on Tuesday for the second day in a row, locals said.
Israeli forces were seen inspecting a border area and razed agricultural land, witnesses told Ma'an.
An Israeli army spokeswoman said that there was "routine activity" along the border.
Despite withdrawing settlers and military forces from Gaza in 2005, Israel maintains complete control over the Gaza Strip's airspace, territorial waters, and most land crossings.
Israel tightened a blockade on the Gaza Strip in 2007 following Hamas' election victory.
The blockade has severely limited the imports and exports of the Gaza Strip and has led to frequent humanitarian crises and hardship for Gazans. These have been particularly severe given frequently Israeli military assaults, particularly in 2008-9 and 2011, which killed around 1,400 and 170 Gazans respectively and led to major infrastructural damage.