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Israeli forces open fire on fishermen off Gaza coast, forcing them to return to shore

April 14, 2018 1:51 P.M. (Updated: April 17, 2018 3:49 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli naval forces have reportedly barred Palestinian fishermen from sailing off the coast of the northern Gaza Strip in recent days, according to a Saturday report from the official Palestinian Authority (PA)-owned Wafa news agency.

Wafa reported that naval forces barred fishermen on Saturday from sailing off the northern Gaza shores and forced them to return to coast, which fishermen reportedly say has been a daily occurrence recently.

“They said that the navy opened fire at fishermen across from Sudaniya shores in the northern Gaza Strip leading the fisherman to return to the marina,” Wafa reported, adding that no injuries were reported.

The Israeli army regularly detains and opens fire on unarmed Palestinian fishermen while sailing off the coast of Gaza.

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.

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