The Israeli authorities have released, Friday, two Palestinian fishermen, from the besieged Gaza Strip, after holding them captive for three years, and confiscating their boats.

Zakariyya Abu Bakr, the secretary of the fishermen’s committee at the Palestinian Agricultural Relief said the released fishermen have been identified as Emadeddin Mansour and Ramez Jom’a, and that they were transferred to Erez terminal, before being freed.

Abu Bakr added that the two were abducted from their boats after the Israeli navy attacked them, and many other fishermen, in Palestinian territorial waters, in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

Thousands of Palestinian families in Gaza depend on fishing as their only source of livelihood, but the fishers, and their boats, are constantly attacked by the navy, an issue that led to dozens of casualties, including many fatalities, in addition scores of arrests, the damage inflicting on their boats and their illegal confiscation.