Israeli navy opened fire Sunday evening, October 23, 2022 at Palestinian fishermen and their fishing boats as they were sailing in the areas of al-Waha and al-Sudaniya, to the north of the Gaza Strip.
The Israeli navy fired sound and tear gas bombs at Palestinian fishermen, preventing them from fishing and eventually forcing them off shore in fear of getting shot.
Since October 2000, Gaza human rights institutions have documented several Israeli violations, including killing and confiscation of boats, against fishermen who were allowed, in accordance with international guaranteed Palestinian- Israeli agreements to fish in within 4 to 6 nautical miles off shore.
Despite the Palestinian- Israeli signed agreements, which allow fishermen to go 12 nautical miles inside the Mediterranean Sea, Israeli navy targets Gaza fishermen almost daily and does not allow them to go further than three nautical miles, that is not enough to catch fish.
A large number of Gazans rely on fishing for daily living and to put food on the table in light of the tight decade-old blockade imposed by Israel on the Gaza Strip.