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Israel naval forces detain 10 Palestinian fishermen in occupied Gaza Strip

March 12, 2018 at 10:40 am

Fishermen sit together on a fishing boat at a shore in Gaza City, Gaza [Mohammed Talatene/Anadolu Agency]

Israeli naval forces have arrested ten Palestinian fishermen off the coast of the occupied Gaza Strip, according to various reports this morning.

The Israeli military attacked the fishing boats near Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, Nizar Ayyash, head of Gaza’s fishermen union, told the Anadolu Agency.

As well as detaining the fishermen, the Israeli navy also confiscated their three boats.

Attacks by Israeli naval forces on Palestinian fishermen are routine, with Israeli authorities enforcing a unilaterally-imposed “no go” zone that has dealt a severe blow to Gaza’s fishing industry.

Last month, Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian fisherman, whose body has yet to be returned to his family for burial.

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