GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained 12 Palestinian fishermen off the coast of the northern Gaza Strip early Sunday, sources told Ma'an.
A researcher for the Gaza-based al-Mezan Center For Human Rights told Ma'an Israeli naval forces detained fishermen from four boats near the al-Sudaniyya area.
Forces first detained Mahmoud Zayid and his brother Ahmad from Beit Lahiya.
They then detained three more fishermen from Gaza City and later six more, the researcher said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
Israeli gunboats confiscated the four fishing boats, taking them to an unknown destination.
The researcher said the arrests were the largest "detention campaign" against Gaza fishermen since a ceasefire between Palestinian militants and Israeli forces was announced.
An Israeli army spokeswoman said that over the course of the night, five fishing boats were apprehended after veering from the permitted fishing zone. more