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Israeli navy opens fire towards Gaza fishermen

Jan. 12, 2017 11:57 A.M. (Updated: Jan. 12, 2017 3:20 P.M.)
GAZA (Ma’an) -- Israeli naval ships opened fire towards fishermen’s boats off the coasts of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on Thursday morning, witnesses said.

Eyewitnesses told Ma’an that Israeli boats opened fire heavily at the fishing boats, without causing injuries.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that they were looking into the reports.

The Israeli army regularly open fires on Palestinian fishermen and farmers along the border areas, despite a ceasefire agreement that ended the 2014 war.

There have also been intermittent reports of Israeli forces attempting to sink the boats of fishermen as they approach Israel’s unilaterally declared “buffer zone,” which lies on both the land and sea sides of Gaza.

Gazan fishermen, whose numbers are estimated to be around 4,000, have suffered from the near decade-long siege of the Gaza Strip, which limits their incursions to just six nautical miles into the sea in accordance with the ceasefire agreement signed with Palestinian factions in 2014.

Earlier this month, a Palestinian fisherman went missing after an encounter with Israeli forces off the coast of Gaza, with his family announcing his death days later despite his body having yet to be recovered.

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