Israeli Navy Attacks Palestinian Fishing Boats, Capsizes One

Israeli navy ships attacked, Thursday, several Palestinian fishing boats, causing one to capsize, near Deir al-Balah, in the central Gaza Strip.

Eyewitnesses said the navy fired many live rounds, and used water cannons, targeting several Palestinian fishing boats, less than six nautical miles from the shore of Deir al-Balah.

They added that the attack caused one boat to capsize, before the fishermen were forced to return to the shore, without being able to fish and provide for their families.

The attack is part of the dozens of Israeli violations targeting Palestinian fishermen, farmers, and workers, in the besieged and impoverished coastal region.

The Oslo Accords signed by Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization in 1993, and 1995 stipulated that the Israeli occupation authorities must allow Palestinian fishermen to sail and fish up to 20 nautical miles off the coast.

However, Israel keeps unilaterally changing the allotted miles, and constantly attacks the fishermen near the shore, leading to dozens of casualties, including fatalities, in addition to arrests, excessive damage, and the confiscation of boats.

(Source / 26.03.2021)

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