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Israeli navy attacks Gaza fishermen for 22nd time during "truce"

February 17, 2014 at 1:50 am

Israeli naval vessels opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats off the northern Gaza coast early on Thursday. Witnesses said that the fishermen did not exceed the six-mile limit imposed by the Israeli occupation authorities on Palestinian territorial waters. This limit was agreed upon in the truce which ended the Israeli war on Gaza in November.

The fishermen were obliged to return to port as the Israeli forces continued to shoot at them. Medical sources in Gaza confirmed that there were no casualties.

According to Al-Mezan Centre for Human Rights, Palestinian fishermen have been exposed to many Israeli attacks following the November truce, at least twenty-two at the last count. Thirty-three fishermen have been detained in that period and several boats and their nets have been damaged. One fisherman remains in detention, although all of the others have been released after spending time in Israeli jails.