Thursday, 10 September 2015

Israeli forces fire at Gaza fishermen


GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli naval boats on Thursday morning fired gunshots at Palestinian fishermen off the coast of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, Palestinian security officials said.

No injuries were reported in the incident, but fishermen, fearing escalation, had to sail back to the shore An Israeli army spokesperson did not immediately respond for comment.

Last week, Israeli forces shot and injured an 11-year-old Palestinian child identified as Bilal Abu Amr near the shores of the Beit Lahiya village in the northern Gaza Strip while he was on a fishing trip with his father, medics said.

Palestinian fishermen, who try to make a living off the shores of the blockaded coastal enclave, face daily risks, including routine harassment from Israeli naval forces, confiscation of boats and materials, detention and live fire.

Citing security concerns, Israeli forces prevent fishermen from accessing watersbeyond six nautical miles from Gaza’s shore, which amounts to less than one third of the 20nautical miles allocated under the Oslo Accords, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. more

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