Israeli naval forces opened heavy fire early towards Palestinian fishermen and their sailing boats, to the north of Gaza, on Sunday.

Local sources reported that the navy targeted the fishermen while they were sailing off of Al-Sudania coast. No injuries were reported, according to Al Ray.

Noting the lack of Israeli naval forces’ compliance with the ceasefire agreement concluded between Israel and Palestinian armed groups under Egyptian auspices, on 26 August of 2014 — including an allowance for Palestinian fishermen to sail at least within the allotted six nautical miles in the Gaza Sea — the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) reported that all attacks took place within the distance of six nautical miles, which it said, “proves that Israeli forces’ policies aim to tighten restrictions on the Gaza Strip’s fishermen and their livelihoods.”

Israel has imposed a tightened blockade since 2007, after Hamas won the democratic legislative election and took over power in the region.

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