Days of Palestine – Gaza
Two Palestinian fishermen on Saturday evening suffered injuries when the Israeli occupation navy opened fire at them in the northern waters of the besieged Gaza Strip.
The fishermen are Mohamed al-Sultan, 26, and his 12-year-old brother, according to the local fishermen committees.
They suffered rubber bullet injuries when Israeli naval forces attacked them as they were fishing off the coast of Beit Lahia in northern Gaza.
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.
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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.