Thursday, 12 March 2015

Israeli navy opens fire on Palestinian fishing boats in Gaza waters

Israeli navy ships opened fire, on Thursday morning, on a number of Palestinian fishing boats in Gaza territorial waters, in the Sudaniyya Sea area, northwest of Gaza City.

Local fishers said the navy fired dozens of rounds of live ammunition towards a number of fishing boats less than four miles off the coast.

The fishers had to sail back to shore in order to avoid further Israeli escalation; no injuries were reported.

Gaza fishers are subject to daily attacks and violations in Palestinian territorial waters within the six nautical miles the Palestinians are allowed to sail in and fish.

The Navy even attacked fishing boats, and fishers, while the boats were docked on shore.

Dozens of thousands of families in the besieged coastal region depend on fishing as their only sources of livelihood.

The repeated Israeli violations against the fishers led to dozens of casualties, including several fatalities, while scores of fishers have been kidnapped and their boats were toad to Israeli shores. more

Hamas: Israel hinted at Gaza airport, seaport for long-term truce

Senior Hamas official Mousa Abu Marzouq said Wednesday that Israeli army commanders told Palestinian businessmen and independent figures that they would allow a seaport and airport in Gaza in return for a long-term ceasefire. "Some people conveyed ideas about an airport and seaport in Gaza to separate it from Israel and consequently from the West Bank for lack of geographic contiguity, and so the Gaza Strip could have access to the outside world without the restrictions of the Rafah crossing and Israeli policies," Abu Marzouq wrote on his Facebook page. Hamas discussed the idea with the Palestinian national consensus government twice, and multiple times with individual ministers, according to Marzouq. The suggestions by top Israeli officials were designed to isolate the Gaza Strip from the West Bank, he said. more