Israeli navy kidnaps two Gazan fishermen

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The Israeli occupation navy on Thursday morning kidnapped two fishermen and confiscated their boat off the northern coast of the besieged Gaza Strip.

According to the local fishermen committees, Israeli forces aboard a gunboat kidnapped the fishermen after opening fire at their boat as they were fishing within three nautical miles off the shore of as-Sudaniya area in northern Gaza.

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The naval forces also towed the fishing boat to Ashdod port near Gaza.

Israeli 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.

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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 of 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.


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