Thursday, September 18, 2014

Israeli forces shoot, injure Gaza fisherman

Published today (updated) 18/09/2014 11:25
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli naval forces opened fire off the coast of northern Gaza late Wednesday, injuring a Palestinian fisherman on a beach, locals said.

Yousef Zayif, 70, was hit by live fire while waiting for his sons on the shore near al-Sudaniya.

Medics said he was moderately wounded.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said she was looking into the incident.

On Sunday, an Israeli warship opened fire at Palestinian fishermen off the coast of Gaza City's al-Shati refugee camp, the speaker of the Union of Gaza Fishermen said.

Nizar Ayyash told Ma'an that Israeli gunboats "have been firing at fishermen every day since the ceasefire agreement was signed."

He also said that Israeli naval forces have detained six Palestinian fishermen since the ceasefire agreement in late August.

The Israeli blockade in place since 2006 has severely limited the imports and exports of the Gaza Strip and has led to frequent humanitarian crises and hardship for Gazans.
 
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Elderly Palestinian fisherman wounded in Israeli navy shooting
 
[ 18/09/2014 - 08:46 AM ]


GAZA, (PIC)-- A 70-year-old Palestinian fisherman was injured by Israeli navy fire while waiting for the return of his sons from sea on the shores of Sudaniya in northern Gaza Strip on Wednesday night.
Local sources said that Yousef Zayed, 70, suffered bullet injuries, which were described as “moderate” by medical staff.
The incident is the latest in the series of Israeli violations of the ceasefire agreement signed on August 26 with Egyptian mediation.
 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Israeli forces detain 4 Gaza fishermen


Palestinian fishermen work on Jan. 24, 2009 near the border with
Egypt (AFP/File, Said Khatib)
 
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli naval forces early Tuesday detained four Palestinian fishermen off the coast of the northern Gaza Strip, a Ma'an reporter said.

Israeli gunboats intercepted a Palestinian fishing boat near Beit Lahiya and detained four fishermen from the al-Sultan family, taking them to an unknown location.

An Israeli army spokeswoman told Ma'an Israeli naval forces "identified two vessels" that were outside of the "permitted fishing zone" in the area, saying they were further than six miles from shore.

The forces called on the boats to stop, fired warning shots into the air, shot "toward the vicinity of the vessels," and then took the fishermen for "questioning," the spokeswoman said.

Last Wednesday, Israeli forces detained two Palestinian fishermen in the same area.

Since the signing of a ceasefire agreement that ended 50 days of fighting between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants in Gaza on Aug. 26, the Israeli navy has in at least three instances fired at Gaza fishermen under the pretext that they had surpassed fishing zone limits.

Last Tuesday, fishermen told Ma'an Israeli forces fired at them with machine guns while they were fishing well within the six-mile limit near Rafah, in an apparent breach of the ceasefire deal.

The Israeli army confirmed the incident at the time but said only warning shots had been fired and that the fishermen were further than six miles from shore.

The Aug. 26 agreement stipulated that Israel would immediately expand the fishing zone off Gaza's coast, allowing fishermen to sail as far as six nautical miles from shore, and would continue to expand the area gradually.

Under the terms of the deal, Israel also agreed to ease its siege on the coastal enclave.

Prior to the recent agreement, Israeli forces maintained a limit of three nautical miles on all Gaza fishermen, opening fire at fishermen who strayed further, despite earlier agreements which had settled on a 20-mile limit.

The restrictions crippled Gaza's fishing industry and impoverished local fishermen.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Israeli warships open fire at fishermen off Gaza coast

Published yesterday (updated) 02/09/2014 21:24
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces opened fire at fishermen off the coast of the southern Gaza Strip on Tuesday, in apparent violation of the ceasefire agreement reached with Palestinian factions a week ago, fishermen said.

Palestinian fishermen told Ma'an that Israeli warships used machine guns to fire at their boats while they were sailing within the agreed-upon six-nautical-mile limit near Rafah.

No injuries were reported.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said fishermen "deviated from the designated fishing zone," and that navy soldiers fired warning shots into the air.

The fishermen then "backed away," the spokeswoman said.

Asked how far the fishermen were sailing from shore, the spokeswoman said she did not know the exact distance, but that it was further than six nautical miles.

Prior the recent agreement, Israeli forces maintained a limit of three nautical miles on all Gaza fishermen, opening fire at fishermen who strayed further, despite earlier Israeli agreements which had settled on a 20-mile limit. The restrictions crippled Gaza's fishing industry and impoverished local fishermen.

A ceasefire agreement reached on Aug. 26 stipulated that Israel would immediately expand the fishing zone off Gaza's coast, allowing fishermen to sail as many as six nautical miles from shore, and would continue to expand the area gradually. Under the terms of the deal, Israel also agreed to ease its siege on the coastal enclave.

Other unresolved issues such as the construction of a seaport and airport, the release of prisoners, and the demilitarization of factions in Gaza were to be negotiated a month later in Cairo.

Israel's assault on Gaza lasted seven weeks, left over 2,100 Palestinians dead and over 11,000 injured, the vast majority of them civilians. Some 71 Israelis also died in the fighting, 66 of them soldiers.

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In violation of truce, Israeli gunboats open fire at fishing boats
[ 02/09/2014 - 04:12 PM ]


GAZA, (PIC)-- Israeli navy boats opened fire on Tuesday morning at Palestinian  fishing boats off Rafah shores, southern Gaza Strip, as Israeli ground forces targeted agricultural lands in Khan Younis.

Head of the Palestinian Fishermen Syndicate, Nizar Ayyash, said that Israeli navy forces opened fire at Palestinian fishermen off Rafah shores. No injuries were reported.

Ayyash stated that the attack came in total violation of the ceasefire agreement that increased the fishing zone to 12 miles gradually.

Meanwhile, Israeli soldiers manning watchtowers opened fire at agricultural lands in Khuzaa town in Khan Younis. No injuries were reported during the gunfire.

In a similar violation, Israeli forces had opened fire last Thursday at a group of people in Shujaia neighborhood.

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
 
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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.
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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.

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Union: Israel navy detains 3 fishermen off Gaza coast
 
Published yesterday 13:08
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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.