Israeli Naval Boats Shoot, Injure Palestinian Gaza Fishermen

Palestinian Authority To Seek UN Recognition

GAZA, September 18, 2014 – (WAFA) – Israeli naval boats shot Thursday a Palestinian fishermen on the shore near Al-Sudaniya to the west of Beit Lahia in northern Gaza Strip, said local sources.

Israeli navy opened fire on a fishermen on the shore, injuring him.

Israeli navy frequently open fire on Palestinian fishermen, claiming that they crossed the designated fishing zone.

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extend the fishing zone to six nautical miles, a term that was stipulated under the 2012 ceasefire agreement, but was rescinded by Israel just a few months later.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