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Israeli gunboats fire on Palestinian fishermen north of Gaza
Published Sunday 22/12/2013 (updated) 22/12/2013 20:21
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GAZA (Ma'an) -- Israeli gunboats fired two shells toward Palestinian fishing boats in the Sudaniya area in the northwestern Gaza Strip on Saturday evening, a witness said.

The eyewitness added that no injuries were reported from the shelling.

The Gaza Strip has been under a severe blockade imposed by the State of Israel since 2006.

Palestinian fishermen are only allowed to go 3 nautical miles from Gaza's shore, even though Israeli-Palestinian agreement previously agreed on 20 nautical miles. Israeli naval forces frequently harass Palestinian fishermen who near the 3-mile limit, as well as those inside the zone.

There are 4,000 fishermen in Gaza. According to a 2011 report by the International Committee of the Red Cross 90 percent are poor, an increase of 40 percent from 2008 and a direct result of Israeli limits on the fishing industry.

The Israeli blockade has severely limited the imports and exports of the Gaza Strip and has led to frequent humanitarian crises and hardship for Gazans.
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1 ) Robert Haymond / Israel
22/12/2013 12:35
"Palestinian fishing boats" as opposed to boats carrying Islamist terrorists, Arab spies or Gazan infiltrators.

2 ) Mel / USA
22/12/2013 12:42
I'm sure many older/wiser Jews see deja vu in Zionism's actions/policies against Palestinians,if they DARE think back to Herbert Backe & his"Hunger Plan"of"rations"(Israel says"diet")inside Goering's"Green Folder"(Zionism's Plan D),blockading Soviet/E,Euro Jews off from nutrition(agri, eggs,butter,fruit,meat,milk & fish),especially Ukraine(bread basket)&ghettos i.e.Warsaw & 'Stalag' Gaza.The brutality of Nazism doesn't lessen Zionism's brutallity since.The essense is the same i.e. EVIL CRUELTY!

3 ) Mel / USA
22/12/2013 16:19
I think ALL Palestine,united,should apply to join all these International Indigenous Peoples Conferences & REAFFIRM their identity,dignity,culture that Eurasian Jewish, &USG,colonialism is trying SO HARD & brutally to negate.There's no difference between the struggles,torture,persecution & pain of N/S American,Australian,African,Eurasian,Asian ethnic peoples going back centuries, & that of PALESTINE'S ongoing struggles &resistance under Zionism.
http://wcip2014.org/

4 ) Maureen / Australia
22/12/2013 16:41
I thought all the Palestinian fishing boats were required for the Gaza flood, photo shoot. Due the ''zionist EU (thanks to Sarah of the Netherlands for that one) colonial Zionist, Ashkenazi, Mizrahi, Maghreb, Jew, khazar European conspiracy invaders'', who wielded over the arctic weather fronts, when Gaza was flooded.

5 ) Paulo / Italy
22/12/2013 17:58
@2 and @3 Are you sure your medication is actually effective for your condition? ''Eurasian Jewish'' are they the Mizrachi Jews? Or the khazar European conspiracy invaders?

6 ) Nelli / usaThe Zionist
22/12/2013 18:28
I'm sure the Zionists will go down in histroy on the same page of the nazi's evil doers.

7 ) Dear / Maureen
22/12/2013 19:26
Two things 1 The boat used in the floods were the smaller one (hasakas ) as the bigger ones have a draft of 2 meters and are not suitable. 2 Like in all floods the water subsides after a while and the boats are no long needed.

8 ) Dear / Robert
22/12/2013 19:40
This may come as a shock to you and many other Israelis but the fishermen are just trying to catch fish to feed their people because for many Palestinians they can`t afford the food in the shops as unemployment is at 65% and the food that does come in is taxed first by the Israelis then by the P.A. (west bank ) and then by Hamas (Gaza Gov. ). YOU TRY LIVING IN THESE CONDITIONS, YOU MAY EVEN THINK ABOUT TAKING UP FISHING YOURSELF.

9 ) Mel / USA
22/12/2013 20:36
#5:Paulo:Perhaps you're not familiar with"Eurasian"? And the Mizrahi(not chi)rite,are ancient M/E Jews from Muslim-majority nations throughout M/E,Eurasia,Levant & thru' to Maghrebi Sephardim(Arabic speaking)incld.Spanish/Moroccan elite.Not to be confused with western Ashkenazi,French/Germanic origin(10-11th Century)merchants,lenders,traders(hard-working).All long-worthy of respect 'til,unfortunately,many Ashkenazim&Sephardim blended extremisms,in 1930-40's Palestine,under Zionism's Degel Shahor

10 ) ani ma'amin / UK
22/12/2013 21:09
@9 you will find the word Mizrahi(not chi) is spelt with a ''chet''.

11 ) spb / us
23/12/2013 03:49
They did not know how to swim

12 ) Colin Wright / USA
24/12/2013 04:09
'Palestinian fishermen are only allowed to go 3 nautical miles from Gaza's shore, even though Israeli-Palestinian agreement previously agreed on 20 nautical miles.' This overlooks the obvious; Israel isn't bound by its word. It never has been.

13 ) Colin Wright / USA
24/12/2013 04:11
To Roberrt Haymond #1: '"Palestinian fishing boats" as opposed to boats carrying Islamist terrorists, Arab spies or Gazan infiltrators.' Sure. Historically, that's been a real big problem.
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