Israeli Naval Boats Open Fire on Palestinian Fishermen offshore Rafah

Palestinian Authority To Seek UN Recognition

RAFAH, September 2, 2014 – (WAFA) – Israeli naval boats Tuesday opened fire on Palestinian fishermen offshore Rafah in southern Gaza Strip, according to WAFA correspondent.

In the first Israeli violation of the ceasefire agreement, an Israeli naval boat opened fire on Palestinian fishermen under the pretext that they crossed the six nautical zone designated for fishing.

Fishermen fled the scene, sailing back to the shore. No injuries were reported among them.

Before striking the open-ended Gaza ceasefire agreement, Israel restricted the fishing zone designated for the Palestinians to three nautical miles, reducing fishermen’s intake.

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extend the fishing zone to six nautical miles, a term that was stipulated under the 2012 ceasefire agreement, but was rescinded by Israel just a few months later.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 fishing zone is likely to be gradually extended if the ceasefire agreement holds.

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

 

Source: WAFA