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Witnesses: Israeli forces arrest 2 Gaza fishermen
Published Tuesday 19/02/2013 (updated) 20/02/2013 14:22
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Palestinian fishermen ride in fishing boats at Gaza Seaport in Gaza
City November 25, 2012. (Reuters/Mohammed Salem)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces arrested two fishermen off Gaza's northern coast on Tuesday, locals said.

Mahmoud Saad Allah and his brother Muhammad were arrested by Israel's navy and taken to an unknown location, witnesses told Ma'an.

Their fishing boats were also confiscated.

An Israeli army spokesperson did not return calls seeking comment on the incident.

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights on Monday expressed concern over an escalation in Israeli attacks on fishermen in Gaza.

On Monday morning, Israeli gunboats opened fire on a Palestinian fishing boat at close range, wounding two fishermen, PCHR said in a statement.

The attack occurred three nautical miles from the Gaza coast, within the 6-mile limit agreed in Israel's ceasefire deal with Hamas in November, PCHR added.

In the Oslo Accords, Israel agreed to a 20-nautical-mile fishing zone off Gaza's coast but it has imposed a 3-mile limit for several years, opening fire at fishermen who strayed further.

Israel has controlled Gaza waters since its occupation of the area in 1967, and has kept several warships stationed off the coast since 2008.
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1 ) gabi / australia
20/02/2013 00:31
Why? Were they catching and keeping undersized fish?

2 ) Rami / Palestine
20/02/2013 12:53
It's to fight the terrorist fish swimming around in the Mediterranean Sea. Hamas imports bombs from Iran and Syria and stuffs them into the throats of fish it captures and then tags and releases them into the sea so that when they bump into Israeli naval ships, they'll detonate on impact. Israel is just doing its job to arrest these Hamas militants disguised as fishermen who were on a mission arming and releasing fish.

3 ) gabi / australia
22/02/2013 01:17
Rami - suicide fish?
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