Days of Palestine

Wednesday, May 31

Israeli Occupation Navy Opens Fire at Palestinians in Gaza

M.Y | DOP -

Israeli occupation navy Wednesday opened fire at Palestinians and their fishing boats in the area of northern Gaza Sea, according to sources.

Israeli occupation navy opened fire randomly towards the fishermen who were sailing three nautical miles into the sea, forcing them to leave the scene. However, no casualties were reported.

A large number of Gazans rely on fishing for daily living in light of the tight decade-old blockade imposed by the Israeli occupation on the Gaza Strip.

Since October 2000, human right centers in Gaza 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 offshore.

Despite the signed agreements between Palestine and the Israeli occupation, 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, which the fishermen say is not enough to catch fish.