GAZA, August 13, 2014 – (WAFA) – Israeli naval boats opened Wednesday fire on Palestinian fishermen offshore Rafah in southern Gaza Strip, violating for the second time the 72-hour ceasefire that came into effect Monday 00:00 a.m.
Israeli naval boats opened heavy fire on Palestinian fishermen. No injuries were reported.
Palestinian fishing boats in that area were targeted by Israeli fire also on Tuesday.
The Palestinians have demanded that Israel expand the fishing zone; expanding the fishing waters has been one of the key Palestinians demands for reaching a lasting ceasefire in Cairo-based talks. Israel has reportedly and apparently showed willingness to meet this demand.
Israeli navy prevent Palestinian fishermen from fishing within Gaza territorial waters almost on daily basis, chasing and opening fire on them and damaging their fishing nets and boats, in addition to several reported incidents of injuries and arrests
Israel has restricted the fishing zone designated for the Palestinians to three nautical miles, violating an Egyptian–brokered cease fire agreement signed in November 2012 stipulating that Israel increase the fishing zone to six nautical miles, which reduced fishermen’s intake.
The current three-nautical-mile fishing zone falls drastically short of the twenty nautical miles allocated to Palestinian fishermen in the 1993 Oslo Accords.