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Israeli navy detains 13 Gaza fishermen off coast
Published Saturday 01/12/2012 (updated) 03/12/2012 11:58
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GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- The Israeli navy on Saturday stopped 13 Palestinian fishermen and detained them off the coast, a Gaza official said.

Mahfouth Kabariti, who heads the a Gaza-based Palestinian association of fishing and sea sports, said Israeli naval ships attacked three fishing boats and detained a number of fishermen.

He said the boats belonged to the Bakr family.

Kabariti asserted that the boats were within the range of six nautical miles that Israel is said to have agreed on in the Egypt-brokered ceasefire last Wednesday.

An Israeli army spokeswoman told Ma'an that three boats had "deviated from the official designated fishing area."

"Navy forces acted in accordance with the rules of engagement and called on the boats to return to the designated area," she told Ma'an. "When they failed to comply, they were taken to Ashdod port and transferred into the custody of the security forces," she said.

Last week, the Israeli navy detained over 20 fishermen who were later released.
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1 ) Ken Seidman / usa
01/12/2012 16:28
excuse in advance what might seem like an ignorant question from halfway around the world. but why is Israel detaining these fishing boars? Do they fear arms smuggling or is this harassment?

2 ) D Laurier / Canada
01/12/2012 18:41
It is harrassment. Zionist forces know that if they make life unlivable for native Palestinians, eventualy a Palestinian will retaliate... and any retaliation, however feeble, is a perfect excuse to bomb towns to rubble, and steal more land.

3 ) carine / UK
01/12/2012 19:03
Harrassment - pure and simple, just waiting for an excuse to go back into Gaza.

4 ) gabi / australia
02/12/2012 01:02
when the boats failed to comply with an order to "return to the designated area, they were taken to Ashdod port and transferred into the custody of the security forces." Wonder what they can be charged charged with? Fishing in their own waters without a license? Taking fish that were too small in their own waters? Doesn't taking boats from their own waters into another state's waters constitute piracy? Will the "Navy forces" be charged with piracy? Dream on!

5 ) Kraj / US
02/12/2012 09:27
@Ken Seidman: Gaza fisherman have been engaged in drug-smuggling into Israel for many years prior to naval blockade. The fishing clans are "connected" to drug mobs in Israel and Lebanon. Also, on occassion, the clans would infiltrate Hamas terrorists on suicide missions in Israel and also provide intelligence-gathering for UN-designated terrorist organization Hamas. Israeli security agency has significasnt infiltration within Gaza fishing community and usually has advance notice of Hamas mission

6 ) Ben Alofs / UK/Netherlands
02/12/2012 13:41
#5 Israel reneging on promises made to extend the fishing zone is nothing new. This and its refusal to hand over Palestinian tax monies (which Israel has no right to do) and shooting/killing Palestinian demonstrators is typical pre-election posturing. There are always people like Kraj @5 who are trying to find pretexts to cover up Israel's dishonesty and violations of the cease-fire.

7 ) ken seidman / usa
03/12/2012 06:43
Thanks all of you for helping me gain a little perspective on this.
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