The Israeli army regularly detains and opens fire on Palestinian fishermen in Gaza
Israeli naval forces opened fire on a number of fishing boats and detained six Palestinian fishermen on Sunday in the besieged Gaza Strip.
According to local witnesses, the fishermen were working within the permitted zone.
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Israeli navy attacks fishermen in Gaza waters
The Israeli occupation navy on Friday savagely attacked and opened machinegun fire at a group of Palestinian fishermen off the central and northern shores of the besieged Gaza Strip.
Witnesses identified the detainees as Zaki Ibrahim al-Najjar, Ahmad Mahmoud Abu Ryala, Mahmoud Jihad Abu Awda, Muhammad Jihad Abu Awda, Jihad Muhammad Abu Awda, and Muhammad Bahjat Abu Awda.
The reason for their detention remained unknown.
Several hours after the detention, Israeli naval forces opened fire on a number of Palestinian fishing boats in northern Gaza.
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6 Gaza fishermen arrested by Israeli navy at nightfall
Six Palestinian fishermen were arrested by the Israeli occupation navy on Saturday evening while saling off Deir al-Balah seashore, in the central Gaza Strip.
Sources added that Israeli naval forces continued to fire and chased down the fishing boats, forcing them to sail back to shore.
No injuries were reported.
As part of Israel’s blockade of the coastal enclave since 2007, the Israeli army, citing security concerns, requires Palestinian fishermen to work within a limited “designated fishing zone,” the exact limits of which are decided by the Israeli authorities and have historically fluctuated.
The Israeli army regularly detains and opens fire on unarmed Palestinian fishermen, shepherds, and farmers along the border areas if they approach the unilaterally declared buffer zone.
Israeli human rights group B’Tselem recently concluded that Israel’s Gaza closure and “harassment of fishermen” have been “destroying Gaza’s fishing sector,” with 95 percent of fishermen living below the poverty line.
(Source / 02.09.2018)