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Israel allows expansion of fishing zone in Gaza

April 1, 2019 3:27 P.M. (Updated: April 2, 2019 12:23 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israel has allowed the expansion of the permitted fishing zone off Gaza’s coast, on Monday, as part of the Egypt-mediated ceasefire agreement between the Hamas movement and Israel.

Head of the Palestinian Fishermen Union in Gaza, Zakariya Bakr, told Ma'an that after a week of complete closure of the fishing zone, Palestinian fishermen would be allowed to work off Gaza’s coast within the newly expanded zone.

Bakr confirmed that the permitted fishing zone will be extended from 12 nautical miles to 15 nautical miles.

Bakr said that the union received Israeli approval through Egyptian mediators, who have made efforts to reach a long-term ceasefire deal between Hamas and Israel.

The ceasefire negotiations came after Israeli escalation in the Gaza Strip, during which Israeli warplanes carried out dozens of airstrikes, destroying over 30 buildings and leaving at least 13 Palestinian families homeless.

Additionally, the Kerem Shalom and Erez (Beit Hanoun) border crossings, which were also closed for an entire week, were reopened on Sunday morning, allowing passage in both directions.

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