Gaza fishing boats - Al Ray news agency

The decision to extend the fishing zone, off some parts of the Gaza coast, to nine nautical miles took effect early on Sunday morning, the Palestinian civil administration said.

Official sources stated that, as of 3 a.m Sunday, Palestinian fishermen would be able to sail for nine nautical miles instead of six.

The first stage of this agreement includes the area of Wadi Gaza, to the Egyptian borders. The fishing zone will remain within 6 nautical miles north of Wadi Gaza, the sources added, according to Al Ray.

The PA’s civil administration committee reached an agreement with Israeli authorities to allow the entry of materials for Gaza fishermen into the besieged enclave. These materials include equipment to repair fishing boats.

As part of Israel’s blockade of the coastal enclave since 2007, Palestinian fishermen have been required to work within a limited “designated fishing zone” off the coast limited within six nautical miles.