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Israeli navy detains 3 Gaza fishermen
Published Tuesday 11/02/2014 (updated) 12/02/2014 21:49
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained three fishermen off the coast of Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip early Tuesday, witnesses said.

Witnesses told Ma'an that Israeli warships stopped two fishing boats and arrested three fishermen at gunpoint. The boats and fishermen were taken to an unknown location.

One of the fishermen was identified as Fadil Sultan.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said two Palestinian boats entered a "prohibited fishing zone" early Tuesday.

After ordering the boats to stop and firing warning shots in their vicinity, the Israeli Navy took the fishermen in for questioning, the spokeswoman said.

Palestinian fishermen are only allowed to venture three nautical miles from Gaza's shore, though official 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 some 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.
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1 ) Mark of Lewiston / USA
11/02/2014 11:27
The siege is a war against civilians. Fishermen, like farmers, are civilians not army or navy personnel or even militants. Every day the siege is in effect is another day of war against the civilians of Gaza. Siege is the oldest form of warfare, even predating the Trojan War. And just because Egypt also engages in siege does not make it less a war against civilians.

2 ) Mel / USA
11/02/2014 18:46
#1:Mark:The siege is not only a war crime(COLLECTIVE PUNISHMENT against occupied/enclaved POW civilian population)under the Geneva Conventions,but under universal laws is recognized under all UN Charter,US statutes too,as "cruel,indecent,degrading punishment" against CIVILIANS. Nazi criminals were convicted for similar war crimes & Gaza is Israel's version of the Warsaw Ghetto collective punshment(war crime).The greatest travesty is that our USG patrons it,AFTER WW2!How's that for hypocrisy!

3 ) Outlier / USA
11/02/2014 20:47
1 Mark, Those civilians in Gaza primarily have their Hamas-controlled government to blame for this siege. Put blame where the blame belongs.
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