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Israeli naval forces open fire on Gazan fishermen

Feb. 24, 2016 11:12 A.M. (Updated: Feb. 24, 2016 11:50 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli naval forces opened fire on Palestinian fishing boats off the coast of the southern Gaza Strip on Tuesday morning with no injuries reported.

Fishermen told Ma'an their boats had suffered material damage during the incident.

An Israeli army spokesperson had no immediate information on the reports.

As part of Israel's blockade of the coastal enclave, Gazan fishermen are required to work within a limited "designated fishing zone" of six nautical miles off the coast, but the Palestinian Center for Human Rights says that Israeli naval forces often shoot at fishermen within these limits.

Due to the high frequency of the attacks, live fire on fishing boats often goes unreported.

The center said that Israeli naval forces opened fire on Palestinian fishermen at least 139 times over the course of 2015, wounding 24 and damaging 16 fishing boats.

"These attacks occurred in a time where the fishers did not pose any threat to the Israeli naval troops, as they were doing their job to secure a living," the center said.
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