Israeli Navy Targets Palestinian Fishermen Offshore Gaza

GAZA, January 31, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli naval boats Saturday opened gunfire at Palestinian fishermen sailing offshore al-Sudaniyya area to the northwest of Gaza city, according to WAFA correspondent.

An Israeli naval boat chased and fired shots at Palestinian fishing boats offshore al-Sudaniyaa although it was sailing within the six-nautical-miles zone in which Palestinian fishermen are allowed to sail, forcing them to flee to the shore.

No injuries were reported in the attack that constitutes another violation for the August 26 Egyptian brokered ceasefire deal that ended the latest Israeli onslaught on the war-torn and blockaded strip, which claimed the lives of over 2,200 people, overwhelmingly civilians.

The ceasefire deal stipulated that Israel ease the blockade imposed on the strip and ease the restrictions on the unilaterally-imposed fishing zone off Gaza’s coast.

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

Currently, the most pressing key issue is Gaza reconstruction; whole neighborhoods across the strip have been flattened and reduced to rubble by Israeli airstrikes during the latest 2014 summer aggression, leaving about 475,000 Palestinians displaced.

Continuing the Cairo-brokered talks on the other key issues was repeatedly postponed in the wake of November attacks against Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai Peninsula.

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