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Israeli forces open fire at Gaza fishermen

Aug. 15, 2018 10:27 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 16, 2018 3:01 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli naval forces opened fire targeting Palestinian fishing boats off the coast of the northern besieged Gaza Strip on Wednesday morning.

Locals said that Israeli war boats were seen and heard opening fire at Gazan fishermen as they were working within the permitted fishing zone.

No injuries were reported.

As part of Israel's blockade of the coastal enclave since 2007, the Israeli army, citing security concerns, requires Palestinian fishermen to work within a limited "designated fishing zone," the exact limits of which are decided by the Israeli authorities and have historically fluctuated.

The Israeli army regularly detains and opens fire on unarmed Palestinian fishermen, shepherds and farmers along the border areas if they approach the unilaterally declared buffer zone.

Israeli human rights group B'Tselem recently concluded that Israel's Gaza closure and “harassment of fishermen" have been "destroying Gaza's fishing sector," with 95 percent of fishermen living below the poverty line.

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