Israel Navy Targets Fishermen with Gunfire off Gaza Coast

GAZA, January 7, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli naval boats Thursday targeted Palestinian fishermen with gunfire while sailing offshore Gaza city, according to local sources.

?Fishermen fled the area, and no injuries were reported.

Israeli naval boats open fire at Palestinian fishermen on a weekly basis, despite sailing within the six-nautical-mile zone allowed for fishing.

According to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), Israeli forces fired at fishing boats at least 117 times in the first nine months of 2015, injuring 22 Palestinians.

“These attacks occurred in a time where the fishers did not pose any threat to the Israeli naval troops, as they were doing their job to secure a living,” the center said.

“Palestinian boats have broken down and more than 4,000 fishermen have suffered due to being denied access to the fuel needed for their work. This has led to serious deterioration in living conditions of a population of more than 75.000, who depends on the fishing sector as a main livelihood.”

During the same period, at least 15 Palestinian fishermen were detained.