Israeli naval forces detained two Palestinian fishermen off the coast of northern besieged Gaza City, on Saturday morning.
Head of the Fishermen Union in Gaza, Nizar Ayyash, said that the Israeli navy detained two fishermen brothers, identifying them as Safwat and Rifaat Zayid.
#Israeli Naval thugs shot water hoses at several fishing boats off #Gaza coast,despite sailing inside the “permitted”(ILLEGAL) 3 nautical mile fishing zone,& forced them to return to shore࿐then detained the fishermen(brothers)#GroupPalestine#قروب_فلسطينيhttps://t.co/QaQtaagFr5 pic.twitter.com/mTScjmTuHC
— ✖️???? Ᾰฑฑ༈℮ ????✖️ (@Betelgeuse100) October 6, 2018
Ayyash pointed out that Israeli forces also confiscated Zayid’s boat and transferred them to an unknown location.
Israeli naval forces had surrounded several boats before reportedly attacking Zayid’s boat.
— Palestine (@OccuPalGaza) October 5, 2018
As part of Israel’s blockade of the coastal enclave since 2007, the Israeli army, citing security concerns, requires Palestinian fishermen to work within a limited “designated fishing zone,” the exact limits of which are decided by the Israeli authorities and have historically fluctuated.
Israeli navy opens gunfire towards a flotilla from Gaza attempting to break the Israeli blockade of the coastal enclave, today. pic.twitter.com/sGUZZ1BYxr
— Quds News Network (@QudsNen) August 11, 2018
The Israeli army regularly detains and opens fire on unarmed Palestinian fishermen, shepherds, and farmers along the border areas if they approach the unilaterally declared buffer zone.
Israeli human rights group B’Tselem recently concluded that Israel’s Gaza closure and “harassment of fishermen” have been “destroying Gaza’s fishing sector,” with 95 percent of fishermen living below the poverty line.
(Ma’an, PC, Social Media)