Days Of Palestine – Gaza Strip
The Israeli occupation navy on Wednesday morning launched a renewed shooting attack on Palestinian fishermen and their boats off the northern coast of Gaza.
Local sources said that Israeli gunboats opened machinegun fire several fishing boats during their presence within five nautical miles off the northern shore of Gaza City.
Luckily, no one was injured in the shooting attack.
Recently, the Israeli navy intensified its attacks on Gazan fishermen and their boats.
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.