Israeli navy boats barred fishermen, on Saturday, from sailing in the northern Gaza shores and forced them to return to coast, according to fishermen who told WAFA that this has been a daily occurrence.
They said that the navy opened fire at fishermen across from Sudaniya shores in the northern Gaza Strip, leading the fisherman to return to the marina. No injuries were reported.
There have been numerous cases, in the past, of fishermen killed and boats damaged or seized by the Israeli navy, which were fishing in the northern shores to three nautical miles, while allowing fishing up to nine nautical miles in the southern Gaza shores.
A large number of Gazans rely on fishing for daily living, in light of the decade-old blockade imposed by Israel on the Gaza Strip.
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Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.