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Israeli navy arrests four Palestinian fishermen off the Gaza coast

Four Palestinian fishermen were arrested by the Israeli navy this morning off the coast of Gaza, Chairman of the Palestinian fishermen association in Gaza Nizar Ayyash said.

In a statement to the Anadolu news agency, Ayyash quoted other fishermen who were working nearby as saying that the Israeli navy arrested the four fishermen from the Sultan family under the pretext of crossing the permitted six-nautical miles area.

Ayyash pointed out that the fishermen might be released today after promising not to exceed the permitted fishing area.

There has been no statement from the Israeli army on the incident.

On Wednesday, the Israeli navy arrested two fishermen then released them after hours of detention, according to Ayyash.

The Palestinian Agriculture Ministry said the Israeli navy yesterday reduced the fishing area in the Sea of ​​Gaza to five nautical miles, as opposed to the truce agreement which allows fishermen access to six.

A day before the war on Gaza, the Israeli navy prevented fishermen from disembarking into the sea altogether.

According to the fishermen's union about 4,000 fishermen who support more than 50,000 people suffered heavy losses during the Israeli war.

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