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Israeli navy detains 3 fishermen, bulldozers raze lands in Gaza

Sept. 13, 2018 12:56 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 13, 2018 3:17 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli naval forces detained three Palestinian fishermen, on Thursday morning, and seized their fishing boat, off the coast off the northern besieged Gaza Strip.

Nizar Ayyash, Head of the Gaza Fishermen Union, told Ma'an that Israeli naval forces chased a Palestinian fishing boat with three fishermen on board.

Ayyash said that Israeli naval forces also opened fire at the fishermen as they were working off the coast of northern Gaza.

The three fishermen were identified as Muhammad Abed al-Razeq Baker, Muhammad Baker and Muhammad Subhi Bakerand.

Ayyash added that the fishermen were taken to an unknown location.

Israeli naval forces also seized the fishermen's boat sailing it towards the Israeli Ashdod seaport.

Israel expanded the allowed fishing zone from the shore in Gaza to nine nautical miles from three, however, according to the Oslo agreement of 1993, it allows fishing up to 12 nautical miles.

Meanwhile, a Ma'an reporter said that several Israeli military vehicles entered dozens of meters near the return camps in the southern Gaza Strip and began to raze and level lands.

According to Hebrew-language news outlets, Israeli forces also blew up a suspicious object near a military observation tower east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

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.
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