Israeli occupation navy opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats off Beit Lahia’s shore, north of the Gaza Strip, on Friday evening, March 31, 2023.
Palestinian local sources reported that Israeli gunboats opened grade water hoses on Palestinian fishing boats in the Al-Sudanya area, west of Gaza City.
No injuries were reported. However, Palestinian fishermen were forced to flee to find safety, the sources added.
According to Palestinian reports, the Israeli occupation navy attacked Palestinian fishermen 30 times per month in 2022.
The Palestinian figures clearly showed that Israel systematically targets Palestinian fishermen. The violations against fishermen included shooting attacks, arrests, confiscations, and damages.
Under the Israeli blockade, more than 5000 Palestinians are working in the fishing sector. They face semi-daily attacks by Israeli gunboats.
The Israeli air, land, and sea blockade banned the Palestinian fishermen from buying motors, propellers, fiberglass, and many other items needed to repair the boats.
Israeli occupation withdrew from the Gaza Strip in 2006. However, Israel still controls every aspect of the Palestinians’ lives in the besieged enclave.