Israel Unilaterally Reduces Gaza’s Fishing Zone To Six Nautical Miles

30 May
2:06 PM

Israel has, yet again, unilaterally reduced the fishing zone in Gaza territorial waters to only six nautical miles, in all of Gaza’s waters, from the northern to the southern parts of the coastal region.

Nizar Ayyash, the head of the Palestinian Fishers Syndicate, said the Israeli side has officially informed the Palestinians regarding the unilateral reduction of the fishing zone.

He added that the Israeli move was yet another violation to every signed agreement, including all mediated ceasefire deals, and that this significantly impacts the fishers, who are already subject to daily violations.

Last March, Israel decided to increase the fishing zone in the area extending from Gaza Valley to the southern part of the coastal region, to nine nautical miles, but kept the zone in northern Gaza at six nautical miles.

There are more than 4000 fishers and around 700 boats in the Gaza Strip providing livelihood to dozens of at least 70.000 Palestinians, while the Israeli military and navy keep attacking them, kidnapping them and confiscating their boats, in addition to the dozens of casualties, including fatalities, resulting from these violations.

It is worth mentioning that, under the Oslo Peace Agreement, signed between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization in 1993, the fishing zone was set at twenty nautical miles, where the Palestinians are supposed to be able to fish and sail, but Israel kept violating the agreement.

A week ago, the al-Mezan Center for Human Rights said that Israel carried out at least 17 attacks against Gaza fishers, since the beginning of this year, and kidnapped 65 of them.

On Monday morning, a number of armored Israeli military vehicles invaded Palestinian agricultural lands, near Khan Younis city, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

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