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Israeli navy attacks fishermen in northern of Gaza

The Israeli occupation navy on Wednesday morning opened fire at Palestinian fishermen and their boats off the coast of Khan Younis in the south of the besieged Gaza Strip.

According to local sources, Israeli naval soldiers opened machinegun fire from their gunboats towards fishermen working within the permitted fishing zone, forcing them to return ashore.

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 between six to three nautical miles as part of its blockade on Gaza.