Israeli occupation authorities imposed a ban on fish export from the Gaza Strip to the occupied West Bank last week, the Israeli Newspaper Haaretz reported on November 9.
According to Haaretz, the ban came following a smuggling attempt of 20 tons of fish from the occupied West Bank into the Palestinian 1948-occupied lands, which could be a “health hazard”.
The ban was seen as an act of collective punishment on the Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip despite although there is no evidence to prove the involvement of Gaza fishermen in the smuggling attempt.
Up to 50,000 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip rely on fishing as their primary source of income as the number of Palestinian fishermen reached 5000.
Under the Israeli blockade, Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip are subjected to ongoing waves of Israeli attacks, either injuring them or causing material damage to their fishing boats.