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Following disengagement from the Gaza Strip in
September 2005,
Israel
has unilaterally and illegally established a so-called “buffer zone”, an area
prohibited to Palestinians along the land and sea borders of the Gaza Strip.
The precise area designated by
Israel
as a “buffer zone” is unknown and Israeli policy is typically enforced with
live fire. The establishment of the ‘buffer zone’ is illegal under both Israeli
and international law.

Preventing Palestinians from access to their land,
and fishing areas, violates numerous provisions of international human rights
law, including the right to work, the right to the highest attainable standard
of living, and the right to the highest attainable standard of health. Enforcing
the “buffer zone” by means of live fire often results in, inter alia, the war crimes of direct targeting of civilians and
indiscriminate attacks.

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