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Israeli forces detain 2 fishermen off Gaza coast

June 7, 2013 12:06 P.M. (Updated: June 9, 2013 2:40 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained two fishermen off the coast of the Gaza Strip and confiscated their boat overnight Thursday.

Israeli naval forces detained Khader al-Saeidi and Hassan Murad off the northwestern coast of the enclave, said Mahfouth Kabariti, head of an association for fishermen in Gaza.

The forces also took their boat, Kabariti told Ma'an.

An Israeli military spokeswoman told Ma'an that two fishermen were taken for questioning because they deviated from the designated fishing zone.

In May, the Israeli government re-extended Gaza's fishing zone to six miles, after reducing it in March following a rocket attack from the coastal territory.

The zone had been extended to six miles as part of an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire that ended an eight-day conflict between Israel and Hamas in November.

In the Oslo Accords, Israel agreed to a 20-nautical-mile fishing zone off Gaza's coast but it imposed a 3-mile limit for several years, opening fire at fishermen who strayed further.

Israel has controlled Gaza waters since its occupation of the area in 1967, and has kept several warships stationed off the coast since 2008.
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