Days Of Palestine – Gaza
Israeli occupation forces breached the Gaza borders in the central Gaza Strip as navy boats attacked fishermen sailing in the northern Gaza shores, according to local sources.
They said forces vehicles and tanks breached the border east of Bureij refugee camp and razed land while blocking the area with dirt mounds.
Israeli occupation navy also opened live fire and water hoses on fishermen’s boats sailing with the allowed three nautical miles in the northern Gaza shore causing damage to one boat and one injured.
Head of the Palestinian fishermen committees Zakaria Baker said that Israeli gunboats opened fire at several fishing boats during their presence off the shore of Gaza City.
During the shooting attack, a young fisherman identified as Nidhal al-Hassi was injured by a rubber bullet in one of his hands and was rushed to hospital for medical assistance.
Israeli naval forces and their gunboats are around Gaza fishermen almost every day, harassing them, shooting at them, damaging their boats, and making arrests. Sometimes fishermen are injured or killed during gunfire attacks.
Under the 1993 Oslo accords, Palestinian fishermen are permitted to fish up to 20 nautical miles off the coast of Gaza, but since then Israel has kept reducing the fishing area gradually to a limit between six to three nautical miles as part of its blockade on Gaza.
Fishermen and human rights groups also say that since the 2008-09 war in Gaza, the Israeli army has been regularly enforcing a limit even closer to the shore.