Israeli naval forces detained two Palestinian fishermen and confiscated their boat off the northern coast of the Gaza Strip on Saturday morning.
According to a statement from the Fishermen’s Union, Israeli naval vessels pursued the fishermen off the western coast of Beit Lahia and detained two of them aboard their fishing boat.
Nizar Ayash, the head of the Fishermen’s Union, indicated that Israeli naval forces encircled a boat and apprehended the fishermen, Orans Sharif Al-Sultan, 27, along with the child Mohammed Al-Sultan, 14, at a distance of one mile.
Israeli naval forces repeatedly pursue fishers in the Gaza Strip limiting their fishing zone. This zone is allowed up to 6 nautical miles north of the Strip and 15 nautical miles to the south.
Since the beginning of the year until the end of June, fifteen fishermen have been arrested by Israeli forces, and five others have been injured in these attacks.
In addition to the arrests, the Israeli navy has seized fishing equipment in four separate incidents, causing significant financial losses to the already struggling Palestinian fishermen.