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Gaza fishermen reap rewards as restrictions eased
Published Friday 29/08/2014 (updated) 30/08/2014 15:53
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Palestinian fishermen in Gaza say they are already seeing the benefits of an extended fishing zone, with thousands of kilograms of fresh produce caught only days after Tuesday's ceasefire agreement.

Fishermen say they have brought home a varied catch of sardines, squid, shrimps, crabs and lax to Gaza's markets since Tuesday, with some varieties of fish unavailable for years due to Israeli restrictions.

Muhammad Abu Arab, a local fisherman, told Ma'an that "when these huge amounts of fish are available the demand increases and we sell it for cheaper prices. We can hardly wait to be allowed to fish 9 or 12 miles (from the coast)."

"We could not even see these types of fish when we were allowed only three miles out," he added.

Fisherman Faraj Qasem said he now sells shrimp for 35 shekels per kilo, compared to previous prices of up to 70 shekels due to a scarcity in produce.

"We carried one thousand kilograms of fish on the boat today," Qasem said, adding that this quantity and variety of fish is simply unavailable 3 miles from the coast.

Secretary-General of the Union of Fishermen Muhammad Basala told Ma'an this week that fishermen will be allowed to sail out as far as nine nautical miles a week from now and 12 miles after a month from now following the terms of the ceasefire agreement.

Prior to the recent agreement, Israeli forces maintained a limit of three nautical miles on all Gaza fishermen, despite earlier Israeli agreements which had settled on a 20-mile limit. The restrictions crippled Gaza's fishing industry and impoverished local fishermen.

Fishermen were routinely shot at by Israeli naval forces if they ventured past the restricted zone.




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1 ) israeli / israel
29/08/2014 16:21
i am happy for you to have success only peach can bring your happy you have big lost of life 2146 people died and 11.000 injured for what because you put on your head teror organization look abas with his peach thinking bring more prosperity for his people

2 ) roslan bayu / malaysia
29/08/2014 17:26
well done Gaza and we wish all Gaza population the best and with these news the economy will improve and also create jobs. Our Salam to all the heroes and people of Gaza.

3 ) Basma / Palestine
29/08/2014 18:04
The best fish ever..missing it

4 ) Brian Cohen / tel Aviv
29/08/2014 18:09
Resistance unprecedented Congrats to gaza and all its brave resistance

5 ) newsreader / Canada
29/08/2014 18:59
Congratulations!! It is a great joy to see Palestinians happy.

Victory to Palestine!

6 ) ben Zalman / USA
30/08/2014 04:08
Expansion of the fishing zone is the one true gain from the Gaza war. I hope you guys enjoy your fish, it only cost you a couple thousand lives. FYI, it could have been done by simply saying "Hey Israel, we recognize your right to exist and we will stop trying to commit genocide against you." But you chose the way of the warrior and you got some fish for it. I guess if fish is the victory you were looking for then I can understand all the celebration is the streets. WOOHOO! Make mine fried!

7 ) Peter / Canada
30/08/2014 07:04
Finally some good news.

8 ) mexica / mexico
30/08/2014 07:06
israel wanted all the sea for them only. not only 12 miles palestinians need more open see.

9 ) وليم منصور / فلسطين
30/08/2014 07:12
GOOD BLESS.ربنا يزيد ويبارك لكم ولنا يا شعب ألجبارين ,كل ألخير أنشاء ألله ,ألسلام عليكم .

10 ) gabi / australia
30/08/2014 07:33
Good news. But wait for Israel to tighten it up again on some spurious pretext. Can't let those pesky Palestinian fishermen make a decent living . . .

11 ) very important / Gaza needs good food
30/08/2014 08:30
and fish is source of good protein this should help many gazans gain weight

12 ) Xray / Germany
30/08/2014 11:49
@6 make mine boiled gefilte fish, but not too sweet.

13 ) Reader: to israeli/israel / world
30/08/2014 17:27
You are a "settler" living on Palestinian land. Your are consistently violating international and humanitarian laws. You and all the settlers and IDF and government are the true terror. It is the Palestinian Resistance movement that force your israeli war criminals to negotiate. You will be kicked out from Palestine and return back to where you came from (Germany??).

14 ) reader: to ben zalman/usa / world
30/08/2014 17:31
read my response to your accomplice, israeli/israel. When I read comments like yours I just go through the pictures of the holocaust official story and read your history and wonder why is it that your people have always been persecuted and rejected. Why is that?

15 ) Qasim / Egypt
30/08/2014 18:10
The blessings of Allah are abundant to see. Wa'alekoum salem ye William Mansour.

16 ) Julie / USA
30/08/2014 22:46
ben Zalman / USA it could have been done by simply saying "Hey Israel, we recognize your right to exist and we will stop trying to commit genocide against you." If you truly believe this your critical thinking skills are absolutely nil. Where in the United States did you go to school?! If the Palestinians are committing genocide, at this rate it will take a few hundred years. If killing 50 Israelis a year is genocide, then what is killing thousands of Palestinians a year called?

17 ) gabi / australia
31/08/2014 05:47
# 6 -can you read? Have you read the death statistics of Israel's actions against the Palestinians? Just who is trying to commit genocide against whom? And if you do read, you would have read that Hamas, several years ago, agreed to recognise Israel's right to exist behind the Green Line - as did Arafat several years before him. Read the odd bit of history, rather than Israeli hasbara, then make more informed comments. btw, read the Likud Charter to see who is denying whose right to exist

18 ) Mary Hughes Thompson / USA
31/08/2014 06:55
So proud of you, Gaza. Palestine Resistance is awesome. For 66 years you have tried non-violence and been met with violence from terrorist Israel. We are watching them closely. The world knows now that Israel is a predator state that's never been interested in peace. Palestinians are amazing people, peaceful and generous and resourceful. We will never abandon your struggle until all of Palestine is free, and then we will celebrate with you.

19 ) reader: to Xray/Germany / word
31/08/2014 19:15
read my comments (13 and 14) because they are addressed to people like you. What are you doing in Germany? Are you not another "holocaust survivor"?
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