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Israeli navy opens fire at Gazan fishermen

Sept. 25, 2018 1:38 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 25, 2018 4:28 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli naval forces opened fire on Tuesday afternoon at Palestinian fishing boats west of besieged Gaza City.

A Ma'an reporter said that Israeli naval forces opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing about six nautical miles off the Gaza shore.

No injuries were reported from the shooting.

Additionally, Israel is currently threatening the Gaza Strip with the possible reduction of the permitted fishing zone to only three nautical miles from the current six depending on if the on-going protests continue.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu previously reduced the fishing zone from six to three nautical miles as one of the measures meant to pressure the Palestinians into halting “The Great March of Return” processions.

The Israeli army regularly detains and opens fire on unarmed Palestinian fishermen, shepherds and farmers along the border areas if they approach the unilaterally declared buffer zone.

Several human rights groups reported that since the beginning of 2018, the Israeli navy has carried out more than 230 attacks against Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip, including shootings, detentions and confiscation of boats.

Israeli human rights group B'Tselem confirmed that Israel's Gaza closure 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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