Israeli Navy Attacks Palestinian Fishermen Off Coast of Rafah

Days of Palestine – Gaza – The Israeli occupation navy chased on Saturday the fishing boats in the sea of Rafah governorate in the southern Gaza Strip.

Local sources reported that the Israeli navy stationed in the sea of Rafah chased the fishermen and their boats into the sea, opened water cannons towards them, and forced them to leave.

No injuries were reported.

They added that naval boats chased and pumped water at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 6 nautical miles.

Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) noted that the Israeli naval forces continued their attacks against the Palestinian fishermen in Gaza Waters, including the shooting by the Israeli gunboats at Palestinian fishing boats that were sailing in different areas of the Gaza Strip shore.

These attacks aim at terrifying and preventing fishermen from fishing and forcing them to flee and stop fishing.

PCHR emphasizes that the attacks by the Israeli naval forces against the fishermen in the Gaza Strip fall within the collective punishment policy imposed against the Palestinian civilians and violate the right to work codified in Article (6) of the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights.

(Source / 13.02.2022)

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