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Hamas says fishing limit to extend under ceasefire deal
Published Saturday 24/11/2012 (updated) 26/11/2012 10:18
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) – Egyptian, Israeli and Palestinian officials representing the Hamas-run government in Gaza will meet next Monday in Cairo to discuss the aftermath of the ceasefire agreement.

The Office of Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said he was informed by the director of Egyptian intelligence that Israel agreed to allow Gaza fishermen to go six nautical miles off the coast of Gaza instead of three, which has been the limit under Israel's siege.

"Israel has allowed Palestinian fishermen to fish in Gaza's waters at a distance of six miles, up from three miles," Haniyeh's office said.

Israel had no immediate comment.

Murad al-Issi, a member of a local fishermens' group, told Reuters his colleagues had already ventured out to the six-mile limit on Saturday, undisturbed by Israel.

"The Israeli army naval boat which used to fire and torch Palestinian boats that sailed beyond a three-mile distance watched without doing anything to prevent them," Issi said.

Palestinians say the Israeli restrictions had hampered the amount and variety of fish they could catch.

"This is a good step," Issi said, adding it would be best to be permitted double the distance.

In another apparent Israeli step to ease restrictions, Palestinian farmers tended land along the frontier with Israel without incident, a day after Israeli troops killed a Palestinian man at a border fence.

Gaza security officials were on patrol and Israeli soldiers looked on without interfering, but for a brief verbal exchange between one soldier and a Hamas guard, witnesses said.

Palestinians denounced Friday's shooting as a violation of the ceasefire and Egypt intervened to restore calm.

Haniyeh's office said in a statement that the border zone would also be addressed in Monday's meeting, among other things.

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators agreed on a 20-nautical-mile fishing zone off Gaza's coast under the Oslo Accords, but Israel unilaterally imposes a 3-mile limit.

Israeli warships frequently open fire at boats that allegedly stray from the permitted area.

Israel has controlled Gaza waters since its occupation of the area in 1967, and has kept several warships stationed off the coast since 2008.

Reuters contributed to this report.
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1 ) Hamas say / Israel Acts
24/11/2012 16:06
HAMAS SAYS fishing limit to extend under ceasefire deal and the Ceasefire deal does not include end to arms smuggling, BUT both Hamas & ISRAELI ACTions suggest there Ceasefire is just a temporary ceasefire, UNTIL NEGOTIATIONS.

2 ) Colin Wright / USA
24/11/2012 21:45
' Ceasefire is just a temporary ceasefire, UNTIL NEGOTIATIONS...' Given the nature of Israel, for so long as she exists, all ceasefires are temporary ceasefires. If Israel didn't have an enemy, she'd have to invent one. Witness Iran.

3 ) Amira / Canada
24/11/2012 22:27
If illegal occupier of Palestinian land, israel, is being armed particulary by the US. Palestinians should be allowed to legitimately be armed because they have the right under Geneva Convention and International Law, to defend themselves against occupation and israeli war criminals and setters terrorism.

4 ) Esteban / Chile
25/11/2012 00:33
The Geneva Convention and International Law dont give the right to shoot rockets deliberately aimed at civilian population

5 ) Bob / Canada
25/11/2012 00:42
"Palestine" is not a signatory of the Geneva convention. Occupation is defined when a country invades another. In this case Israel is reclaiming what is rightfully theirs.

6 ) gabi / australia
25/11/2012 01:11
Bob/Canada you obviously haven't read too much about the so-called "War of Independence" which the Jews fought against the British in 1946-1948. And before the declaration of the State of Israel in May 1948 the Jews had already taken some of the land allocated to the Palestinians under the Partition Plan. So, who invaded whom? And how can the land which was Palestinian before 1948 belong "rightfully" to the Jews? Because the UN gave it to them? They didn't actually have the power to do that.

7 ) Colin Wright / USA
25/11/2012 02:15
To Bob #5 '"Palestine" is not a signatory of the Geneva convention. Occupation is defined when a country invades another. In this case Israel is reclaiming what is rightfully theirs.' What nonsense. Palestine and Israel were and are both still legally defined by the 1947 UN Partition resolution -- which Israel accepted. Israel should withdraw to what are her legal borders and stop preventing the formation of a Palestinian state.

8 ) @ Colin-2 / USA too
25/11/2012 04:51
Israel has NO "enemy", just many threats to it's existance, which include Hezbollah to the North, Hamas to the South, or Iran to the East, and if one of those attacks, others like Egypt, Jordan, & Syria have a history of joining in, so any reasonable person understands Israeli responses to such clear threats to it's existance, as defensive, and even so, when the other side/threat is killed & destroyed in much greater numbers as a deterrent !!

9 ) shirley / australia
25/11/2012 08:55
the partition plan of palestine called for 2 states not one palestine has been palestinians for thouysands of YRS heard of land of canin long before first Isreal and gallillee never part of first Isreall get ahistory lesson BOB of CANADA

10 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
26/11/2012 02:15
@ 9), I've also heard of the land of Canaan. So since you've also heard of it and also about the land of Israel afterwards--which DID include the Galilee--you go back to school and get YOURSELF a history lesson. (While you're there, also go back to the third or fourth grade and learn how to compose decent sentences. You damn well need it more than anybody else.) @ 6), " They didn't actually have the power to do that." Actually, you're right. The U.N. didn't have the "power" to do (cont.)

11 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
26/11/2012 02:29
that. The power to do that was already given to us by All_h. The U.N. Partition Plan vote was just the nations' action to "re-accomplish" what He had already commanded. So since you believe the U.N. was wrong (it's O.K.--many people--not just the Arab Peoples--did and still think it was wrong, too), here's my answer: You go up to Mt. Sinai (like Moses did) and communicate your objections to All_h. Return and report what He said. If He agrees with you, I'll be the first to get the hell out.
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