Israeli Navy warships opened fire, Tuesday, toward Palestinian fishing boats sailing off the northern coast of the Gaza Strip, forcing the fishermen to flee to shore, local sources reported.

Media sources said that Palestinian fishermen who were sailing in the “Al-Sudaniyya” area, northwest of Gaza City, in the northern part of the tiny coastal enclave, were forced to shore after occupation Navy ships fired live rounds at them.

It was added that warships chased the fishing boats, in addition to shooting, coercing the fishermen to leave their work for the day, in order to preserve their own lives.

No injuries were reported.

On a regular basis, the occupation Navy shoots at, harasses, and abducts Palestinian fishermen, in addition to confiscating and/or damaging their boats.

The Gaza Strip, a tiny coastal enclave, isolated from the West Bank, has been under a brutal Israeli blockade of the air, land, and sea, for the past sixteen years.

More than two million people live in Gaza with limited fresh water and electricity, in addition to a high rate of unemployment and poverty.

The Gaza Strip is the scene of a humanitarian crisis that has nothing to do with natural causes; it is entirely man-made, a direct result of official Israeli policy.” – B’Tselem