Thursday, August 28, 2014

IOA allows Gazan fishermen to sail within six nautical miles

GAZA, (PIC)-- The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) on Thursday allowed Gaza fishermen to enter a distance of six nautical miles within the sea instead of three, in compliance with the terms of the truce agreement with the Palestinians.
Dean of the Gaza fishermen Nizar Ayyash told Anadolu news agency that Israel allowed on Thursday morning all fishermen to sail their boats within six nautical miles rather than three.
The Palestinian resistance and the Israeli occupation government reached last Tuesday a long-term truce, which was described by the resistance factions in Gaza as a victory because it achieved most of their humanitarian demands.
Under the terms of the truce agreement, Israel is committed to opening all its crossings with Gaza and facilitating the entry of relief aid and reconstruction needs.
The agreement also obliges Israel to expand the fishing zone to six nautical miles and resume its indirect talks with the Palestinians within one month of the ceasefire deal to address other contentious issues regarding the prisoners, the seaport and the airport.
Ayyash welcomed the expansion of the fishing zone, affirming that before Israel started its latest war, fishing boats could not sail beyond three nautical miles.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Gaza fisherman shot by Israel 2 weeks ago succumbs to his wounds

Published Sunday 08/06/2014 (updated) 10/06/2014 16:45
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian fisherman shot by the Israeli navy two weeks ago succumbed to his wounds Sunday morning, Gaza medical authorities said.

Spokesman for the Gaza Ministry of Health Ashraf al-Qidra told Ma'an that 52-year-old Imad Shukri Salim was announced dead Sunday morning.

Salim was shot in the chest by Israeli navy two weeks ago while he was fishing off the coast in the area of al-Sudaniya in the northern Gaza Strip, al-Qidra said.

Israeli forces shot two Palestinian fishermen off the coast of the al-Sudaniya area in the month of May alone.

Palestinian fishermen are only allowed to go three nautical miles from Gaza's shore, even though an agreement previously settled on 20 nautical miles.

Israeli naval forces frequently harass Palestinian fishermen who near the three-mile limit, as well as those inside the zone.

There are 4,000 fishermen in Gaza. According to a 2011 report by the International Committee of the Red Cross 90 percent are poor, an increase of 40 percent from 2008 and a direct result of Israeli limits on the fishing industry.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Gaza fisherman shot by Egyptian boats

Published yesterday (updated) 28/05/2014 23:03

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian fisherman was shot by Egyptian boats in the sea near Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

Spokesman for the Gaza ministry of health Ashraf al-Qidra told Ma'an that a fisherman was shot in the face by Egyptian boats off the coast of Rafah.

Al-Qidra said that the victim was 16 years old but did not identify him by name.

He was taken to the European Gaza Hospital with moderate to serious injuries, al-Qidra added.

Although Israeli soldiers enforcing a 7-year-old blockade on the Gaza Strip frequently fire at Palestinian fishermen who stray too far from the coast, Egyptian forces -- who also enforce the siege, at Israel's request -- do so much more rarely.

Israeli navy kidnaps 3 Palestinian fishermen

[ 28/05/2014 - 12:03 PM ]

GAZA, (PIC)-- Israeli navy gunboats fired at Palestinian fishermen and kidnapped three of them on Tuesday night.
Nizar Ayyash told the PIC reporter on Wednesday that the incident took place off the southern Gaza Strip coast of Rafah.
He said that Israeli navy shooting on Palestinian fishermen and their boats has become daily routine, adding that the detention of fishermen at night has also escalated.


Union: Israel navy detains 3 fishermen off Gaza coast
Published yesterday 13:08
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israel's navy detained three fishermen off the coast of southern Gaza late Tuesday, a local union said.

Nizar Ayyash, spokesperson for the Gaza fisherman's union, said Israeli naval forces detained Ibrahim Khamis Murad, Khamis Ibrahim Murad and Ahmad al-Jizawi while they were fishing off the coast.

An Israeli army spokesman did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

Monday, May 26, 2014

IOF Opens Fire at Palestinian Fishermen and Injures One in Northern Gaza

Al Mezan


At approximately 2:30 pm on Monday 26 May 2014, Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) opened fire at a group of fishing lovers who were in Beit Lahiya beach near the borders. As a result, Imad Shokri Salim, 51, resident of Beit Lahiya in North Gaza district, sustained two bullets wounds in his right leg and in the right side of the back. Medical sources at Kamal Odwan hospital described his injury as critical. He is staying in the hospital in the intensive care unit. According to Al Mezan’s filed investigations, the fisherman was fishing using his hook when he was being shot by Israeli forces that were stationed in the observation towers. The shooting forced fishermen to leave the area fearing for their lives.  


Israeli forces shoot, injure Palestinian in northern Gaza
Published Monday 26/05/2014 (updated) 27/05/2014 10:21
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces shot and injured a Palestinian man in the northern Gaza Strip on Monday, a ministry spokesman and medics told Ma'an.

Ashraf al-Qidra, Gaza's health ministry spokesman, said that Israeli naval forces shot a Palestinian man in the hand and the back, moderately injuring him.

Medics identified the man as 52-year-old Imad Shukri Salim, and told Ma'an that he had been taken to Kamal Adwan hospital for treatment.

An Israeli military spokeswoman did not immediately return calls seeking comment.
Palestinian citizen wounded in Israeli navy shooting
[ 26/05/2014 - 03:39 PM ]

GAZA, (PIC)-- Israeli navy gunboats fired at the northern Gaza Strip shores at noon Monday injuring a citizen, medical sources reported.
Dr. Ashraf al-Qudra, the health ministry spokesman, told the PIC reporter that a 24-year-old man was moderately wounded in the shooting.
He added that the victim was transferred to hospital where doctors said that he suffered bullets wounds in his hand and back.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Israeli navy fires at, detains Gaza fishermen

Published Wednesday 21/05/2014 (updated) 22/05/2014 20:59
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli naval forces early Wednesday fired at fishermen off the coast of the southern Gaza Strip before detaining two of them, a union official said.

Nizar Ayyash, head of the Gaza fishermen's union, said Ramiz Jumaa and Imad Mansour were detained by the Israeli navy off the coast of Rafah.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said a Palestinian "vessel deviated from its designated fishing zone."

Navy soldiers called on the fishermen to return to the zone, and "fired warning shots in the air."

"When that didn't help, two suspects were taken in for questioning," the spokeswoman said.

Israel has controlled Gaza waters since its occupation of the area in 1967, and has kept several warships stationed off the coast since 2008.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Israeli forces fire at Gaza fishermen, injuring 2

Published Tuesday 20/05/2014 (updated) 20/05/2014 22:28

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces fired at Palestinian fishermen late Monday, injuring two off the coast of Rafah in southern Gaza, security sources told Ma'an.

Ashraf al-Qidra, Gaza's health ministry spokesman, said the two sustained minor injuries after being hit by rubber-coated steel bullets.

They were transferred to Abu Yousif al-Najjar Hospital in Rafah, al-Qidra said.

An Israeli army spokeswoman did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

Israel has controlled Gaza waters since its occupation of the area in 1967, and has kept several warships stationed off the coast since 2008.