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Israeli occupation navy attacks Palestinian fishermen in Gaza

The Israeli occupation navy on Monday morning attacked Palestinian fishermen and their boats off the coast of the besieged Gaza Strip.

A local committee documenting Israeli violations against fishermen said that Israeli gunboats opened machinegun fire at fishing boats off the shore of al-Sudaniya area in the north of Gaza City.

The intensity of the shooting forced the fishermen to return ashore. No one was reportedly hurt in the shooting attack.

Israeli naval forces and their 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.

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.