Israeli occupation navy committed 351 violations against Palestinian fishermen working off Gaza coasts during 2019, report issued by Al Mizan Center for Human Rights revealed on Sunday.
The rights group said that the Israeli violations included the murder of six fishermen and injuring 49 others.
In addition, they included restriction of the fishing zone off the blockaded Gaza Strip in which Palestinian fishermen are permitted to operate and opening fire at them offshore, leaving many of them injured.
Detaining fishermen and seizing their boats and sabotaging their fishing equipment by Israeli occupation navy forces are also among such violations, the Gaza-based NGO added.
These violations have affected thousands of people working in the fishing industry in the besieged Gaza Strip, the group continued.
Compared to 1997 in which about 10,000 people worked in this industry, according to previous figures by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, the number of people working in this field has dropped in 2019 to nearly 5,600, including 3,600 fishermen, the report found.
The rights group described the Israeli violations as part of “organised crimes” that contravenes the international law and international humanitarian law.
(Source: Palestine Post 24)