Israeli Navy Detains Five Gaza Fishermen

GAZA, June 4, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli naval boats Thursday detained Palestinian fishermen sailing offshore al-Sudaniya to the northwest of Gaza city.

According to WAFA correspondent, an Israeli naval boat chased after a Palestinian fishing boat sailing within the unilaterally-imposed six-nautical-mile fishing zone offshore al-Sudaniya and detained five fishermen, including a minor.

The detainees were identified as Fahed Baker, 39, along with his two sons, Na‘im, 19, and Zeyad, 20, as well as Walid, 20, and his brother, ‘Imad Addin Baker, 16.

Israeli navy seized and escorted the fishermen in their fishing boat and transferred the detainees to the Israeli seaport of Ashdod.

This comes just two days after Israeli navy opened machine gunfire on Palestinian fishing boats and detained five fishermen offshore al-Sudaniya.

Almost on a daily basis, Israeli naval boats open fire on Palestinian fishermen sailing offshore the coasts of the besieged Gaza Strip, a blatant violation of a ceasefire deal reached between Hamas and Israel following hostilities in the summer of 2014.


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.

In March alone, there were a total of 35 incidents of shootings, incursions into the coastal enclave, and arrests, according to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights. The shootings left 10 injured, including three minors, said the center.

On May 25, two Palestinian fishermen were injured in two separate attacks by Israeli navy targeting Palestinian fishing boats in Gaza territorial waters.

Mohammad Bakr, 26, was injured when his boat came under fire by Israeli navy boat near the northern Gaza shoreline. He sustained moderate wounds and was moved to hospital.

Few hours later Imad Bakr was injured by Israeli navy gunfire at the same location, local sources reported.