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Israeli navy opens fire, detains 2 Gazan fishermen

Oct. 23, 2018 11:39 A.M. (Updated: Oct. 23, 2018 3:25 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli naval forces detained two Palestinian fishermen, on Tuesday, off the coast of the northern besieged Gaza Strip.

Head of the Fishermen Union in Gaza, Nizar Ayyash, told Ma'an that two Palestinian fishermen were detained by Israeli naval forces off the coast of the al-Waha area in northern Gaza.

Ayyash identified the two detained fishermen as Awad al-Sultan and Ahmad Siyam.

The detained fishermen were transferred to an unknown location.

Meanwhile, Israeli news outlets reported that Israel expanded the allowed fishing zone from the current three nautical miles, however, Israeli naval forces opened fire at several fishing boats, as they were working within the permitted fishing zone, forcing them to sail back to shore.

No injuries were reported.

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% of fishermen living below the poverty line.

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