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Israel arrests 2 Gaza fishermen

Gaza fishermen get on their boats to bring in the days catch
Gaza fishermen get on their boats to bring in the day's catch

The Israeli occupation’s navy arrested two Palestinian fishermen off the Gaza coast and confiscated their fishing boats yesterday morning, Quds Press reported.

“The Israeli occupation gunboats opened fire at and encircled two fishing boats off the Gaza coast, arrested two fishermen and towed their fishing boats to an unknown place,” a statement for a committee documenting Israeli violations against fishermen said in a statement.

The committee identified the fishermen as Shaaban Abu-Riyala, 33, and Mohamed Abu-Riyala, 20.

According to the committee, Israel’s targeting of Palestinian fishermen has become an almost daily occurrence. “This has added to the daily Israeli violations against all the Palestinian residents of the Gaza Strip,” the statement said.

According to Quds Press, Israel arrested 125 fishermen last year, including three who were arrested after they were shot and wounded.

Since 2014, when Israel reached a truce with the Palestinian resistance to end a 51-day major Israeli offensive on the coastal enclave, it has killed two fishermen. The body of one of whom has not been found.

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