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Israel detains 2 fishermen off Gaza coast

Jan. 11, 2011 6:58 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 20, 2011 2:13 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Tuesday detained two Palestinian fishermen off the coast of Gaza City.

Officials from Gaza's Agriculture Ministry said Israeli naval forces detained Muhammad Khaled Abu Amira and Usama Nasser Abu Amira from a small fishing boat.

An Israeli military spokesman said the men "deviated from the fishing area" and were taken for questioning in Ashdod.

The ministry condemned the detention of the fishermen from Gaza waters, and demanded their immediate release.

Israel maintains a 3-nautical-mile fishing limit, enforced unilaterally since 2008 when the country launched its war on the coastal enclave. Prior to the war, a unilaterally declared 6-nautical-mile limit was imposed following the election of the Hamas government in 2006.

The last agreed-upon fishing limit for Gaza was 20 nautical miles, signed during the Oslo accords in the 1990s.
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