Thursday, 18 December 2014

Israeli naval forces open fire at Gaza fishermen


GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli naval forces on Thursday opened fire at fishing boats off the coast of the northern Gaza Strip, fishermen told Ma'an.

Several boats sustained material damage but no injuries have been reported. The fishermen managed to sail back to shore following the incident.

Last week, Israeli naval forces detained 11 fishermen claiming they had deviated beyond the designated zone.

The Aug. 26 ceasefire agreement between Israel and Palestinian militant groups stipulated that Israel would immediately expand the fishing zone off Gaza's coast, allowing fishermen to sail as far as six nautical miles from shore, and would continue to expand the area gradually. more