Israel Performs Mock Raids over Gaza, Fires at Fishermen off Shore

GAZA, February 9, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli warplanes Monday carried out mock air raids in Gaza skies, while Israeli navy gunboats opened their fire at fishermen offshore Gaza, according to WAFA correspondent.

Israeli F16 planes flied over the Gaza Strip at low altitude and launched mock raids over the strip as well as flew heat balloons in the air, which Israel uses to divert intense anti-aircraft fire.

Loud explosions were heard across the strip, spreading fear and panic among residents, particularly children.

Meanwhile, Israeli navy soldiers targeted fishermen boats sailing within the six-nautical miles zone allowed for fishing, however, no injuries were reported among them.

Fishermen were forced to leave the sea for fear of being killed, injured or arrested.

Israel continues to breach the Egyptian brokered truce agreement reached on August 26, 2014, following 51 days of bloody aggression against the strip.

During the Egypt-brokered ceasefire indirect talks, Israel agreed to extend the fishing zone to six nautical miles, a term that was stipulated under the 2012 ceasefire agreement, but was rescinded by Israel just a few months later.

The current six-nautical-mile fishing zone falls drastically short of the twenty nautical miles allocated to Palestinian fishermen under 1993 Oslo Accords.