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Israeli navy attacks fishermen north and south of Gaza

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Bulk271GAZA (PNIC):-Five Palestinian fishermen survived after the Israeli occupation navy attacked and sank their boat off the northern shores of the Gaza Strip.

According to the committee of Gaza fishermen, a fishing boat belonging to a fisherman called Omar al-Habeel was sunk by an Israeli gunboat off the coast of al-Waha area in northern Gaza.

All five fishermen aboard the boat survived following a rescue mission.

Later on the day, at least one Israeli gunboat opened machinegun fire at fishermen as they were working aboard their boats off the coast of Khan Younis in southern Gaza.

Luckily, no one was injured in the shooting attack.

Israeli gunboats are around Gaza fishermen almost every day, harassing them, shooting at them, damaging their boats, and making arrests. Sometimes fishermen are injured or killed during gunfire attacks.

Under the 1993 Oslo accords, Palestinian fishermen are permitted to fish up to 20 nautical miles off the coast of Gaza, but since then Israel has kept reducing the fishing area gradually to a limit of three nautical miles, especially as part of its blockade on Gaza.

Fishermen and human rights groups also say that, since the 2008-09 war in Gaza, the Israeli army has been regularly enforcing a limit even closer to the shore.

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