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Israeli occupation navy attacks Gazan fishermen, forces them to leave

Gaza (The Inside Palestine)- Israeli gunboats attacked Palestinian fishermen and their boats off the northern coast of the besieged Gaza Strip on Monday evening.

According to local sources, Israeli gunboats opened machinegun fire at fishing boats during their presence off the shore of as-Sudaniya area in northern Gaza.

The naval forces also targeted the fishermen with water cannons in an attempt to swamp their boats.

Luckily, no one was hurt in the Israeli navy attack, which forced the fishermen to return ashore.

Israeli naval forces and their gunboats are around Gaza fishermen almost every day, harassing them, shooting at them, damaging their boats, and making arrests. Sometimes fishermen are injured or killed during gunfire attacks.

Under the 1993 Oslo accords, Palestinian fishermen are permitted to fish up to 20 nautical miles off the coast of Gaza, but since then Israel has kept reducing the fishing area gradually to a limit between six to three nautical miles as part of its blockade on Gaza.

Fishermen and human rights groups also say that since the 2008-09 war in Gaza, the Israeli army has been regularly enforcing a limit even closer to the shore.

Source: The Palestinian Information Center

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