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Israeli naval forces detain 2 Palestinian fishermen off Gaza coast

March 23, 2017 10:26 A.M. (Updated: March 23, 2017 6:15 P.M.)
(File)
GAZA (Ma’an) -- Israeli naval forces detained two Palestinian fishermen off the coast of the besieged Gaza Strip on Thursday morning, Palestinian security forces said.

Gaza naval police said in statement that Israeli forces detained Khader al-Saadi and Rajab Abu Mayala, both residents of the al-Shati refugee camp, while they were sailing three nautical miles from the shore of Gaza City.

Gaza police added that Israeli forces also confiscated the fishermen’s boats and equipment.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that they were looking into the reports.

The Israeli army regularly opens fire on unarmed Palestinian fishermen, shepherds, and farmers along the border areas if they approach Israel’s unilaterally declared “buffer zone,” which lies on both the land and sea sides of Gaza.

The practice, along with instances of detentions of fishermen, has in effect destroyed much of the agricultural and fishing sector of the blockaded coastal enclave.

Gazan fishermen, whose numbers are estimated to be around 4,000, have suffered from the near decade-long siege of the Gaza Strip, which limits their incursions to just six nautical miles into the sea in accordance with the ceasefire agreement signed with Palestinian factions in 2014.
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