Army Opens Fire At Fishermen In Gaza

October 20, 2012 12:45 AM Saed Bannoura Gaza Strip, Israeli attacks, News Report 0
20 Oct
12:45 AM

Israeli soldiers attacked , Friday, several Palestinian fishing boats in As-Sudaniyy area and the coastal area west of Gaza City.Local sources said that the attack did not lead to damages or injuries, but the fishermen were forced back to the shore after the army prevented them from fishing. The army also opened fire at fishermen west of Gaza.

On October 7, Israeli Naval Forces positioned off Al-Waha resort northwest of Beit Lahia, northern Gaza Strip, and arrested four fishermen while they were fishing 2.5 nautical miles off the shore.

The army chased a fisherman Majed Fadel Baker (51), who was sailing with his three sons Imran (27), Fadi (26), and Mohammad Majed Baker (20).

Israel carries out repeated attacks against the fishermen in Gaza, and issue that led to several casualties; the army also confiscated several fishing boats.

Israel reduced the area of fishing from 20 nautical miles, which was established upon in the agreements signed between Palestinians and Israel, to 6 nautical miles in 2008, but the Israeli navy continued to prevent fishermen from going beyond 3 nautical miles since 2009.

As a result, fishermen are prevented from reaching areas beyond that distance where fish is abundant. Sometimes, Israeli forces also chase fishermen within the 3 nautical mile area. Consequently, Palestinian fishermen have lost 85% of their source of income, because of the limiting the fishing area.

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