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Israeli navy detains 2 brothers in northern Gaza

Oct. 11, 2018 12:25 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 11, 2018 2:18 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli naval forces detained two fishermen, on Thursday, off the coast of the northern besieged Gaza Strip.

Head of the Fishermen Union Nizar Ayyash told Ma'an that Israeli naval forces detained two fishermen, who were identified as brothers Saddam al-Sultan, 24, along with his brother Adi al-Sultan.

A Ma'an reporter said that prior to the detentions, Israeli naval forces had opened fire at the fishing boats.

No injuries were reported.

Israeli military incursions inside the besieged Gaza Strip and near the "buffer zone," which lies on both land and sea sides of Gaza, have long been a near-daily occurrence.

The Israeli army also regularly detains and opens fire on unarmed Palestinian fishermen, shepherds, and farmers along the border areas if they approach the buffer zone, as the authorities have not made clear the precise area of the designated zone.

The practice has in effect destroyed much of the agricultural and fishing sector of the blockaded coastal enclave, which has been under an Israeli air, land, and sea blockade for nearly 12 years.

According to Israeli human rights group B'Tselem, Israel's Gaza siege and "harassment of fishermen" have been "destroying Gaza's fishing sector," with 95 percent of fishermen living below the poverty line.

The Palestinian Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) issued its annual report for 2017 showing Israeli attacks against Palestinian fishermen in the besieged Gaza Strip, highlighting that "these attacks deny fishermen from practicing their fishing work and accessing their livelihood resources."

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