The Israeli navy arrested five Palestinian fishermen from the northern sea of the Gaza Strip on Monday, according to local sources. The fishermen were identified as Salim Jamal Al-Numan, Hassan Jamal Al-Numan, Muhammad Jamal Al-Numan, Waheed Al-Sayed Keskin, and Muhammad Saeed Al-Saidi. They were working in the northern Gaza Sea when the Israeli forces confiscated their two fishing boats and transported them to the port of Ashdod.
The Israeli authorities have not given any reason for the detention of the fishermen, who are among the thousands of Palestinians who depend on fishing for their livelihoods in the besieged coastal enclave. The Israeli navy frequently attacks and harasses Palestinian fishermen, preventing them from accessing the fishing zone that was agreed upon in the 2014 ceasefire agreement.
The Palestinian fishermen’s union condemned the Israeli violation and called for the immediate release of the detained fishermen and their boats. The union also urged the international community to intervene and protect the rights of the Palestinian fishermen, who face constant threats and risks from the Israeli occupation forces.