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Israeli naval forces detain 2 Palestinian fishermen

Oct. 20, 2018 11:01 A.M. (Updated: Oct. 20, 2018 5:38 P.M.)
(File)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli naval forces detained two Palestinian fishermen, on Saturday morning, off the coast of northern besieged Gaza Strip.

Head of the Fishermen Union in Gaza, Nizar Ayyash, reported that two Palestinian fishermen were detained by the Israeli navy off the coast of Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip.

Ayyash added that Israeli naval forces also confiscated the fishermen's boat.

A Ma'an reporter identified the detainees as brothers Karim and Muhammad Wahid Abu Hassan from Beit Lahiya.

The detained brothers were transferred to an unknown location.

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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