Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Israeli gunboats open fire at Gazan fishermen


GAZA, (PIC)-- Israeli gunboats opened heavy fire at Palestinian fishing boats off the coast of the Gaza Strip at the early morning hours of Wednesday.

Local sources said that Israeli navy forces shot at the boats off the shores of Beit Lahia town to the north of the Strip.

No injuries were reported during the attack, as the fishing boats were forced to escape under heavy fire.

A similar attack was reported on Tuesday night in the same area with no injuries suffered.

Two months on from the ceasefire that ended a 51-day Israeli bombardment of Gaza, human rights defenders have accused Israel of routinely violating the terms of the agreement that ended the hostilities including 18 shooting incidents and four others in which fishermen were chased and arrested.

As part of the 26 August ceasefire agreement, Palestinian fishermen were to be permitted to work up to 6 nautical miles from shore. Yet, according to a human rights center, all the documented attacks in September "took place within the distance of 6 nautical miles." more

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