Israeli forces open fire at fishermen off coast of Gaza City

Israeli naval forces opened fire at Palestinian fishermen off the coast of the besieged Gaza Strip on Monday morning, the head of the Gaza fishermen committee said.Zakariyya Bakr told Ma’an that an Israeli army ship opened fire at the fishermen off the coast of Gaza City, chasing them for four nautical miles.Bakr added that no Palestinian fishermen were injured.An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an they were looking into the reports.Israeli military incursions inside the besieged Gaza Strip and near the “buffer zone” which lies on both land and sea sides of Gaza, have long been a near-daily occurrence.Palestinians who work near the “buffer zone” between the Palestinian enclave and Israel often come under fire from military forces, as the Israeli military has not made clear the precise area of the designated zone.The Israeli army regularly open fires on Palestinian fishermen and farmers along the border areas, despite a ceasefire agreement that ended the 2014 war.The practice has in effect destroyed much of the agricultural and fishing sectors of the blockaded coastal enclave.According to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), Israeli naval forces opened fire on Palestinian fishermen at least 139 times over the course of 2015, wounding 24 and damaging 16 fishing boats.”These attacks occurred in a time where the fishers did not pose any threat to the Israeli naval troops, as they were doing their job to secure a living,” PCHR said.


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