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Israeli military vehicles cross Gaza border, navy fires at fishermen
Published Tuesday 14/01/2014 (updated) 19/01/2014 10:51
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli military vehicles crossed into the northern Gaza Strip for surveillance activities on Monday, witnesses told Ma'an.

The limited incursion took place in a border region near Beit Lahiya, the witnesses said.

Separately, Israeli warships opened fire at Palestinian fishermen off the coast near al-Sudaniyya west of Beit Lahiya.

No injuries were reported, but the fishermen fled and were unable to continue fishing.

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

Palestinian fishermen are only allowed to go 3 nautical miles from Gaza's shore, even though Israeli-Palestinian agreements previously settled 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 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 ) Carol Scheller / Switzerland
14/01/2014 11:32
Can't they pick on someone their own size ?

2 ) Paul / Australia
14/01/2014 15:57
"Terror Terror Terror" They gota keep Justifying their blockade!!!. Oh and when you hear of missiles hitting nowhere important you can bet the MOSSAD was behind it... Its their favourite game. Remember the MOSSAD Motto...

3 ) ecoast7 / Great Britian
14/01/2014 16:13
Israel acts only in self defense. There is absolutely no point in "harassing poor fishermen" for the sole purpose of harassment alone as this biased article leads to believe. Israel must protect its borders from the constant smuggling of weapons and arms by Hamas, a fascist terrorist organization. Carol, why don't you show some sympathy for the endless sects/factions/militias/Sunnis/Shiites who oppress, murder, pillage, behead, torture, execute, etc each other every minute of everyday!

4 ) Fennie / the netherlands
15/01/2014 18:26
@ ecoast7 Israel can protest its coastal borders at ther onwn coast, and accepting the Gaza fishermen to fish in the entire sea-territory before the Gaza-coast. I think you know this. Acting in line with international laws: that would make Israel safer.

5 ) Yalooza / NZ
26/01/2014 21:16
I heard that the full moon is a threat to Israel's security. Also, a strong North East breeze. And if you put 2 spoons of sugar in warm water, Mossad will track you down. Other things which frighten the Occupiers are Green Lemons, children singing, yoga mats and the dreaded word "LOVE"!
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