Israeli navy fires fishermen in Gaza sea

Mar 10,2021

Israeli gunboats fired machine guns and water cannons at fishing boats during their presence within six nautical miles off the shore of Gaza City.

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The Israeli occupation navy, on Wednesday morning, attacked Palestinian fishermen and their boats off the coast of the beleaguered Gaza Strip.

According to the local fishermen committees, Israeli gunboats fired machine guns and water cannons at fishing boats during their presence within six nautical miles off the shore of Gaza City.

At least one fishing boat sustained damage in the Israeli attack.

Israeli naval forces and their gunboats are around Gaza fishermen almost every day, harassing them, shooting at them, damaging their boats, and making arrests. Sometimes fishermen are injured or killed during gunfire attacks.

Under the 1993 Oslo accords, Palestinian fishermen are permitted to fish up to 20 nautical miles off the coast of Gaza, but since then Israel has kept reducing the fishing area gradually to a limit between six to three nautical miles as part of its blockade on Gaza.

Fishermen and human rights groups also say that since the 2008-09 war in Gaza, the Israeli army has been regularly enforcing a limit even closer to the shore.