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  • 00:58 - 14 February 2020

Israeli gunboats open fire at Gaza fishermen

(Gaza /DRAH)--The Israeli occupation navy on Thursday morning attacked Palestinian fishermen and their boats off the coast of the besieged Gaza Strip.

According to local sources, Israeli gunboats opened machinegun fire at fishing boats in Gaza northern waters, forcing them to return ashore.

No injuries were reported in the gun fire attack.

About 351 violations against Gaza fishermen were reported by different human rights groups during 2019.

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.

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