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Israel releases Gazan fisherman after 10 months in prison

March 24, 2017 12:40 P.M. (Updated: March 24, 2017 1:54 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities on Friday released a Palestinian fisherman after serving a 10-month sentence in Israeli prison.

Head of the Gaza Fishermen's Union Zakariya Bakr told Ma’an that Israeli forces released Ziyad Fahd Bakr at the Erez border crossing between Israel and the besieged coastal enclave.

Though it remained unclear why Ziyad Bakr was sentenced to 10 months in prison, the Israeli army regularly detains and 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 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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