Israel Performs Mock Raids over Gaza, Fires at Fishermen

GAZA, February 17, 2016 (WAFA) – Israeli warplanes last night carried out mock air raids over the skies of Gaza, while Israeli navy gunboats opened their fire at fishermen offshore the coastal enclave, according to WAFA correspondent.

Israeli F16 planes flied over the Gaza Strip at low altitude and launched mock raids over the strip.

Loud explosions were heard across the strip, spreading fear and panic among Palestinian civilians, particularly children.

Meanwhile, Israeli naval boats targeted fishermen while they were sailing within the six-nautical-mile zone allowed for fishing. Partial damage on the fishermen’s boats was reported. There were no reports of injuries, however.

This came as a number of Israeli armored tanks infiltrated the border with Gaza from the eastern part of al-Bureij refugee camp, in the central Gaza Strip district.

WAFA correspondence said four Israeli armored tanks and three bulldozers stationed at a borderline Israeli military base advanced over 150 meters into Gaza’s agricultural lands, opening fire toward nearby homes.

Israel continues to breach the Egyptian-brokered truce agreement reached on August 26, 2014, with Palestinian factions, following 51 days of bloody aggression against the strip which claimed the lives of more than 2,140 Palestinians.

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extend the fishing zone to six nautical miles, a term that was stipulated under the 2012 ceasefire agreement, but was rescinded by Israel just a few months later.