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Israeli Navy Targets Fishing Boats Off Gaza Shore

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The Israeli navy Sunday targeted Palestinian fishermen with gunfire while they were sailing offshore the city of Gaza, according to a WAFA correspondent.


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fly bird (26)
Sunday March 29, 2015, 7:56 pm
The Israeli navy Sunday targeted Palestinian fishermen with gunfire while they were sailing offshore the city of Gaza, according to a WAFA correspondent.

He said the navy fired heavy gunfire towards Palestinians’ fishing boats despite sailing within the six-nautical-mile zone allocated to fishing activities at four nautical miles.

The fishermen returned to the shore quickly to escape the attack. There were no reports of casualties, however.

On March 7, Israeli naval boats opened heavy gunfire on fishermen sailing within the allowed zone six-nautical miles, killing fisherman Tawfiq Abu Rayyala, 25, who was shot with a bullet in the abdomen before succumbing to his wounds in a local hospital.

Israeli navy and army routinely open fire on Palestinian fishermen sailing within the six-nautical-mile zone, as well as farmers in farmlands along the border.

Israel and the Palestinian factions signed a ceasefire deal on August 26, ending the 2014 summer Israeli onslaught on Gaza that claimed the lives of over 2,200 people, overwhelmingly civilians.

Under the terms of the ceasefire, Israel was to immediately ease the blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip and expand the fishing zone off Gaza's coast, allowing fishermen to sail as far as six-nautical-miles off shore.

Israel has however failed to do so, repeatedly violating the ceasefire deal through opening fire on Palestinian fishermen within the fishing zone and reducing their intake.

Israel has imposed a blockade on Gaza after Hamas won the parliamentary elections and ascended to power in 2006. The blockade was tightened after Hamas’ subsequent takeover of the coastal enclave from Palestinian Authority's security services in 2007.

Leslie Stanick (102)
Sunday March 29, 2015, 9:20 pm
Israel continues to hold Gaza in a tight fist, not letting the Palestinians live their lives even within the restrictions imposed upon them. That Israel's navy boats are shooting at Palestinian fishermen while they are within 2 miles within the designated 6 mile limit is illegal harassment and murder. The UN must send peacekeepers to allow Palestinians their right to fish. The people need to eat. Every incursion by Israeli soldiers MUST be severely punished by the UN.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Monday March 30, 2015, 1:01 am
Either the UN needs to send peacekeepers, or the Israelis need to grow up, and abide by the deal made.

Past Member (0)
Monday March 30, 2015, 4:48 am
That's what happens when your actions cause a weapons blockade. Shouldn't have kept firing off those illegal rockets........

Past Member (0)
Monday March 30, 2015, 4:49 am
The weapons blockade is entirely legal under international law.

Angelika R (143)
Monday March 30, 2015, 6:41 am
It figures these criminal actions keep happening on a regular basis BECAUSE it is rather difficult if not impossible to present iron clad proof/evidence of the exact location, whether or not within the 6 miles zone. Even with witnesses of an often fatal shooting when there's no neutral observers.

Past Member (0)
Monday March 30, 2015, 6:55 am
Which is why articles with no corroborating information shouldn't be published with insinuating headlines.

Past Member (0)
Monday March 30, 2015, 7:02 am
....or consistently be taken at face value by readers......

Lois Jordan (63)
Monday March 30, 2015, 3:19 pm
Noted. Thanks, Jess. Israel is clearly in violation of the agreement. Let the fishermen fish.

Janet B (0)
Monday March 30, 2015, 6:23 pm
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