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Israel reduces Gaza fishing zone

Palestinian fishermen display their catch on the first day after Israeli occupation forces extended the area they could sail to from 6 nautical miles to 9 on 18 October 2017 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

Israeli occupation authorities have decided to reduce Gaza’s fishing zone to six nautical miles from today, chair of the Gaza Fishermen’s Union Nizar Ayash said yesterday.

Speaking to Al-Resalah newspaper, Ayash said that the Israeli occupation would reduce the fishing zone from nine to six nautical miles.

The official added that the fishing zone was expanded to nine nautical miles six weeks ago, noting that the Israeli occupation had told Palestinian officials that the expansion would last only six weeks.

Yesterday, the Israeli navy opened fire at Palestinian fishermen who exceeded the six-mile limit.

Palestinians in Gaza struggle to find sufficient supplies of fish within the six-mile limit set by occupation forces. Ayash said Palestinians seek to have the fishing zone expanded to 20 nautical miles as per the agreement outlined in the Oslo Accords.

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