Israeli navy detains Palestinian fishermen in Gaza

Israeli navy Wednesday detained two Palestinian fishermen as they were sailing into the Gaza City sea and sezied their fishing boat.

The Israeli navy attacked a small fishing boat as it was sailing three nautical miles into al-Waha sea area, northwest of the Gaza city, and seized it before proceeding to detained two fishermen identified as Awad al-Sultan, 35, and Ghaith Abu Awn, 26.

Since October 2000, human right centers in Gaza have documented several Israeli violations, including killing and confiscation of boats, against fishermen who were allowed, in accordance with international guaranteed Palestinian- Israeli agreements, to fish in within 4 to 6 nautical miles off shore.

Despite the signed agreements between Palestinians and Israel, which allow fishermen to go 12 nautical miles inside the Mediterranean Sea, Israeli navy targets Gaza fishermen almost daily and does not allow them to go further than three nautical miles, which the fishermen say is not enough to catch fish.

A large number of Gazans rely on fishing for daily living in light of the tight decade-old blockade imposed by Israel on the Gaza Strip.

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