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Israeli warships open fire at fishermen near Rafah
Published Tuesday 12/08/2014 (updated) 13/08/2014 20:19
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli warships on Tuesday opened fire at fishermen off the coast of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, in an apparent violation of an agreed-upon three-day ceasefire, a union official said.

Nizar Ayyash, spokesman for Gaza's fishermen union, told Ma'an that a number of Palestinian fishermen were near the shore when Israeli forces shot at them with machine guns.

No injuries were reported.

Ayyash said Israeli naval forces had been preventing fishermen from fishing in the area, even within the "authorized fishing zone."

An Israeli army spokeswoman said a Palestinian motorboat in the area had "breached the naval military closure," and that Israeli naval soldiers "fired warning shots into the air."

The boat then moved closer to shore, the spokeswoman said.

A 72-hour ceasefire between Israeli forces and Palestinian factions was set in place at midnight Monday.

Israeli forces frequently shoot at Gazan fisherman if they stray further than three nautical miles from the shore.

Palestinian factions have demanded that Israel lighten restrictions on fishermen as a part of a lasting agreement to end hostilities in Gaza.

Israel's month-long offensive on Gaza has left nearly 2,000 Palestinians dead, the vast majority of them civilians, in addition to 67 people on the Israeli side, most of them soldiers.
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1 ) Mel / USA
12/08/2014 21:52
Regardless of the THIS ceasefire,Israel can be charged,in the ICC/ICJ,for EVERY single time,since the siege started 7yrs ago,it has launched offensive weps(by INF or ICG)on fishermen.Al war crimes,human rights abuse &COLLECTIVE PUNISHMENT upon an occupied(by land,sea,air,economy)people,be it missile,water cannon or Israeli boat RAMMING into a Palestinian FISHING vessel,as aggressive intimidation.It's also economic terrorism or "diet" as Zionists say!

2 ) Diane Nowland / USA
13/08/2014 01:26
The Israeli Army is torturing the Palestinians in Gaza. The blockade by Israel which does not allow Palestinians to fish more than three nautical miles out is inhumane. The fish are found in the deeper waters which are three or more miles from the coast of Gaza.

3 ) Soon the MARMARA will / arriver again
13/08/2014 07:51
with Hanin Zoabi on its deck ....and the whole world will see the cruelty of Israel

4 ) Farid / Malaysia
16/08/2014 16:35
The "human rights" hypocrite Barack Obama doesn't care a damn whether the Palestinians of Gaza have the right to fish even one kilometer from the shore of Gaza. The only thing Obama cares about is the right of the murderous Zionists living a life of luxury in Tel Aviv.

5 ) sylvia / uk
18/08/2014 18:45
Yes no4 and don't forget his golf practice - that's where he is right now. He and the EU "Peace envoy"(LOL) - Blair -should both be shot.
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