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Gaza farmers dodge bullets to harvest crops

Although the truce that ended the 2014 Gaza war is still in force, the Israeli army has recently escalated its actions against farmers in the buffer zone between the Strip and Israel.
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Palestinian farmer Ramadan al-Masry faced fear and anxiety as he harvested wheat and barley earlier this month on his land east of Gaza City, his eyes closely watching the movement of Israeli soldiers deployed along the border.

Angst seems to be the name of the game for Palestinian farmers within the buffer zone between Gaza and Israel, which measures 300 meters (328 yards) inside the Gaza border. Farmers fear what they say is constant shooting from Israeli forces openly defying a truce agreement signed in August 2014 between the Palestinian resistance and Israel in a bid to end the 2014 war on Gaza.

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