Israeli occupation navy opens gunfire at Palestinian fishermen in Gaza waters

The Israeli occupation navy on Sunday evening opened fire at Palestinian fishermen and their boats in the northern waters of the besieged Gaza Strip.

According to the local fishermen committees, Israeli gunboats opened machinegun fire at fishing boats during their presence within three nautical miles off the shore of al-Sudaniya area in the north of Gaza City.

The naval forces also targeted the fishermen with water cannons in attempt to swamp their boats.

Luckily, no one was injured in the shooting attack, but the wanton attack forced the fishermen to return ashore.

Israeli naval forces and their gunboats are around Gaza fishermen almost every day, harassing them, shooting at them, damaging their boats, and making arrests. Sometimes fishermen are injured or killed during gunfire attacks.

Under the 1993 Oslo accords, Palestinian fishermen are permitted to fish up to 20 nautical miles off the coast of Gaza, but since then Israel has kept reducing the fishing area gradually to a limit between six to three nautical miles as part of its blockade on Gaza.

Fishermen and human rights groups also say that since the 2008-09 war in Gaza, the Israeli army has been regularly enforcing a limit even closer to the shore.

Source: PIC

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