Israeli Naval Forces Shoot, Injure Two Palestinian Fishermen Offshore Gaza

GAZA, November 16, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli naval forces Monday opened fire on Palestinian fishermen offshore Beit Lahia to the north of Gaza Strip, hitting and injuring two fishermen.

Witnesses said two fishermen sustained moderate injuries after being targeted by an Israeli naval boat off the coast of Beit Lahia.

The two fishermen were rushed into al-Shifa Hospital for treatment.

Israeli naval boats routinely open fire on Palestinian fishermen sailing within the six-nautical-miles zone and farmlands along the border, flagrantly violating the ceasefire deal.

Israel and the Palestinian factions inked a ceasefire deal on August 26, ending the latest deadly Israeli onslaught on Gaza that claimed the lives of over 2,200 people, overwhelmingly civilians.

The ceasefire deal stipulated that Israel would immediately  ease the blockade imposed on the strip and expand the fishing zone off Gaza’s coast, allowing fishermen to sail as far as six nautical miles from shore, and would continue to expand the area gradually.


Israel has however failed to do so, repeatedly violating the ceasefire deal through opening fire on Palestinian fishermen within the fishing zone and reducing their intake.

Israel has imposed a tightened blockade since 2007 after Hamas won the democratic legislative elections and took over power in the strip.

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