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Israeli warships open fire at Palestinian fishermen near Rafah
Published Wednesday 13/08/2014 (updated) 16/08/2014 10:58
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli warships on Wednesday opened fire at Palestinian fishermen off the coast of the southern Gaza Strip, in the second such incident since an agreed-upon 72-hour truce came into effect, witnesses told Ma'an.

Witnesses said Israeli forces opened fire "heavily" at a Palestinian fishing boat near Rafah, but that there were no injuries.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said a motor boat had "breached the military closure," and that Israeli forces opened fire into the air.

The motorboat then "returned to Gaza," with "no injuries or damages."

A similar incident occurred the day before, when a Palestinian fishing boat came under fire by Israeli forces in the same area, a fishermen union official said at the time.

Israeli naval forces regularly open fire at fishermen in Gaza if they venture further than three nautical miles from shore, a policy that has had a crippling impact on the fishing industry.

As a part of any lasting ceasefire, Palestinian negotiators have demanded that Israeli forces extend the "designated fishing zone" by several nautical miles.

The Gaza Strip has been under a severe economic and military blockade imposed by Israel since 2006.
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1 ) Stand by Gaza / Canada
13/08/2014 17:03
Unimaginable that the fishermen of Gaza cannot even fish in their own coastal waters without the threat of being murdered. Support the BDS and stand by Palestine to rid them of the genocidal brutality of the occupation and its illegal land and resource theft.

2 ) Scotty / UK
13/08/2014 19:30
Another disproportionate action by IDF, support International campaign to boycott Israeli goods and businesses .

3 ) Levi / USA
13/08/2014 21:03
Apparently, Gaza fishermen still haven't learned the limits of their fishing areas since both Israel and Egypt have to shoot at them for trespassing them.
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