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Israeli navy detains Palestinian fishermen near Rafah City

Dec. 10, 2018 2:41 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 10, 2018 5:11 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli naval forces detained two Palestinian fishermen and confiscated their boat while working west of Rafah City, in the southern besieged Gaza City, on Monday.

The Fishermen Committee in Gaza confirmed that Israeli forces detained two fishermen, who were identified as Nasser al-Nada, 24, and Muhammad Saydam, 20.

Israeli naval forces transferred the detained fishermen to an unknown location.

According to rights groups, Israel committed 267 assaults against Palestinian fishermen, including 62 detentions.

As part of Israel's blockade of the coastal enclave since 2007, the Israeli army, citing security concerns, requires Palestinian fishermen to work within a limited "designated fishing zone," the exact limits of which are decided by the Israeli authorities and have historically fluctuated.

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.

Israeli human rights group B'Tselem recently concluded 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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