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Israeli warships fire at Gaza fishermen
Published Saturday 25/01/2014 (updated) 26/01/2014 09:41
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli warships early Saturday fired at Palestinian fishing boats off the coast of Gaza City, fishermen told Ma'an.

The fishermen said Israeli ships fired machine guns at them, and that many were forced to sail back to shore.

No injuries were reported.

An army spokeswoman told Ma'an that an Israeli navy soldier identified a Palestinian boat outside of its "designated fishing zone."

After calling on the boat to stop, the Israeli ship "fired in its vicinity to halt the vessel's progress," the spokeswoman said.

Then the ship returned to its "designated" area, she said.

Palestinian fishermen are only allowed to go three 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 three-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, a 40 percent increase from 2008 resulting from 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 ) j / usa
25/01/2014 14:28
Don't fish where you don't belong

2 ) maisie / uk
25/01/2014 17:10
Goodness me, from the comments throughout Ma'an lately, it would appear the hasbara has recruited more people, regardless of intelligence level. To 1) j/usa "Don't fish where you don't belong" the fisherman do BELONG within 20 nautical miles from Gaza's shore. More thoughtful comments, please; if you are going to challenge, do so with intelligence or a semblance thereof.

3 ) j / usa
25/01/2014 19:10
To #2. What do you think its only pro palestinians here? Palestinians should say thank to israel that israel still allows them to fish and and bring supplies to gaza after gaza terror tunnel was build few months ago. Instead use it for food medicine rebuild houses and ect. They use it for plans to kill israelis. So don't talk about intelligence please. And 20 miles thing. No country in the world will allow terrorists entity to go that far

4 ) Rachamim Dwek / Israel
25/01/2014 22:22
Maisie: The "20 nautical miles" was under Oslo which expired in 1999 (although Israel continues honouring most Oslo points). Aside from terrorists infiltrating Israel by sea there is also arms smuggling to contend with as well. In 2011 a ship carrying 50 tonnes of Iranian weaponry bound for HAMAS was intercepted. This isnt a game where Israel just wants to piss Palestinians off. If Gazans managed to restrain themselves there wouldnt even be a Blockade.
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