Israeli Naval Boats Arrest Four Palestinian Fishermen offshore Gaza

Palestinian Authority To Seek UN Recognition

GAZA, September 9, 2014 – (WAFA) – Israeli naval boats arrested Tuesday four Palestinian fishermen offshore al-Sudaniyya to the northwest of Gaza, said WAFA reporter.

An Israeli naval boat attacked a Palestinian fishing boat sailing within the six-nautical-miles fishing zone and arrested four fishermen, all members of al-Sultan family and are aged between 19 and 24 years.

Israeli navy continued to attack Palestinian fishing boats sailing within the six nautical miles fishing zone designated for Palestinian fishermen in another violation of the Gaza ceasefire agreement reached on August 26.

Before striking the open-ended Gaza ceasefire agreement, Israel restricted the fishing zone designated for the Palestinians to three nautical miles, reducing fishermen’s intake.

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extend the fishing zone to six nautical miles, a term that was stipulated under the 2012 ceasefire agreement, but was rescinded by Israel just a few months later. The fishing zone is likely to be gradually extended if the ceasefire agreement holds.

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


Source: WAFA