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Gaza: Daily losses of fishermen amount to $140,000

Palestinian fishermen incur daily losses amounting to more than half a million shekels (about $140,000) as a result of Israel’s current naval closure on the Gaza Strip, according to Nizar Ayyash, chief of the fishermen’s union.

Ayyash told Quds Press that Israel’s naval closure, which started six days ago, on Gaza deprived 4,000 fishermen of their sole source of livelihood and made them join the ranks of the unemployed.

He condemned the Israeli naval closure as “mass punishment” against 4,000 fishermen supporting about 50,000 people in Gaza.

On June 12, the Israeli occupation army imposed a complete fishing ban in Gaza waters, claiming the measure was in response to the launch of inflaming balloons at Israeli areas.