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Egyptian naval ship fires at Gaza fishermen
Published Saturday 22/02/2014 (updated) 27/02/2014 18:07
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Palestinian fishermen work Jan. 24, 2009 near the border with
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- An Egyptian naval ship opened fire at a Palestinian fishing boat off the coast of the southern Gaza Strip early Saturday, a Palestinian union official said.

Nizar Ayyash, spokesman for the union of Gaza fishermen, told Ma'an that the Egyptian navy fired warning shots at a fishing boat off the coast of Rafah.

The fishing boat was nearing Egyptian territorial waters, Ayyash said.

The Egyptian ship was stationed just within Palestinian territorial waters at the time, he added.

Ayyash said that the Gaza fishing boat sailed away after the warning shots were fired. No injuries were reported.

In August, Egyptian forces fired at Gaza fishermen, injuring two men and arresting six others.

Egypt-Gaza relations have deteriorated since the military ouster of former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi in July.

Palestinian fishermen are severely impacted by the Gaza Strip's political isolation. Israel imposes strict limitations on Gaza fishermen, regularly firing at boats that stray into what Israel's army calls "unauthorized fishing zones."

In the Oslo Accords, Israel agreed to a 20-nautical-mile fishing zone off Gaza's coast, but it has imposed a three-mile limit for several years.

Israel has controlled Gaza waters since its occupation of the area in 1967, and has kept several warships stationed off the coast since 2008.

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.
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1 ) Kjerstin / Norway
22/02/2014 13:13
Far too small fish resources are found within three nautical miles off the Gaza coast. Tha Gaza population feares starvation, they need the fish! Please assistance with STOPPING these Israeli policies toward the Palestinians and THE SIEGE OF GAZA by signing this Stop Israeli Apartheid campaign's petition: http://bit.ly/israeliapartheid

2 ) JoeUSA / USA
22/02/2014 23:15
The Egyptian army is getting their orders , instructions and training from Israel via the USA.

3 ) Amaranta Tamarix / Italy
22/02/2014 23:24
#1: Thank you Kjerstin, my family & I have signed the petition. Very upsetting situation, people going hungry for fear of being shot for fishing.

4 ) UN / UNESCO
23/02/2014 02:59
Kjestin - did you read the article you are commenting on? The article is about Egyptian siege of Gaza, not Israeli's. The only possible explanation for that siege using your logics is that Egypt just like Israel is also run by zionists. You should agree that there are a lot of zionists must be living in Egypt - whole 90 millions of Egyptian zionists.

5 ) Af / USA
23/02/2014 09:44
No. Go Egypt. Its time to end Hamas. If Egypt takes back Gaza, its all good. These terrorists are connected to the MB. If you don't want to kill Israelis and Egyptians, leave Gaza. Go to the West Bank. Note: Kjerstin, U can use big words all you want, but you're not blaming the Arab counties. None of them like the created people known as the "Palestinians": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwBSWN4s9JU&feature=youtube_gdata_player

6 ) spb / usa
23/02/2014 14:50
had gaza fishermen stayed away from terror and illegal trade of drugs and weapon they would have easier lives. however, too many tnt barrels released that found their way to israeli beaches. inside the 6 miles zone the currents don't take those explosive barrels to the israeli coastal cities

7 ) Chino / USA
23/02/2014 14:52
People like Kjerstin infest American universities and hold up signs and placards equating Israel with Nazi Germany. Anyone with any kind of education knows that it is Arab and Islamic theocracies that are responsible for all of the wars and hatred and murder in the entire Middle East. It is not one country of 7 million Jews that is wreaking havoc on the Palestinians, it is the PA and Hamas along with other terrorist murderers that are 100% responsible for the situation. Kjerstin, you are a liar.

8 ) Outlier / USA
23/02/2014 18:46
Positive change will come when Hamas leaves power. Things will only get worse if Hamas stays in power. Gazans will either deal with Hamas or continue to suffer - it is their choice.

9 ) Rachamim Dwek / Israel
24/02/2014 20:00
How ignorant can Europeans be to imagine that "Gazans are starving"??? If you are posting here you have access to a search engine. Try spending 20 seconds to actually research. Since 1967 NOT ONE GAZAN has EVER starved. In fact, stores are fully stocked with foodstuffs of all kinds. Noone has EVER stopped Humanitarian Aid so that even the poorest Gazans are fed. Please stop telling lies.
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