Israeli occupation opens fire at fishermen in besieged Gaza

Israeli occupation navy on Sunday morning attacked Palestinian fishermen off the seashore of Khan Younis, south of the blockaded Gaza Strip, with barrages of machine gunfire.

According to local sources, Israeli gunboats opened fire at Palestinian fishing vessels setting sail within the authorized nautical miles.

No injuries have been reported in the Israeli shooting attack.

Israeli navy and troops routinely open fire on Palestinian fishermen sailing within the six-nautical-miles zone and on farmlands along the Gaza border, flagrantly violating the ceasefire deal that was reached in August 2014.

The current six-nautical-mile fishing zone falls drastically short of the twenty nautical miles allocated to Palestinian fishermen in the 1993 Oslo Accords.

According to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), all Israeli attacks on Palestinian fishermen have taken place within the distance of six nautical miles, which it said “proves that Israeli forces’ policies aim to tighten restrictions on the Gaza Strip’s fishermen and their livelihoods.”

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