Besieged Gaza Strip – Israeli naval forces on Thursday morning detained two Palestinian fishermen off the coast of the northern Gaza Strip near the city of Beit Lahia.
Local sources said that the occupation navy has detained two fishermen off the coast of the northern Gaza Strip near the city of Beit Lahia, and confiscated their boat on Thursday morning.
The fishermen were sailing within six nautical miles from Gaza’s shore, which is the fishing zone identified by the occupation government, when the occupation naval forces detained them.
On Sunday, the Israeli occupation government reduced the Gaza fishing zone from 12 to 6 miles.
‘Israel’ has maintained a blockade on the Gaza Strip since 2007.
It imposes tight restrictions on the work of fishermen off the coast of the Gaza Sea, citing security reasons.
The Israeli navy also deliberately targets fishing boats on a daily basis.
The Israelis open fire, use water cannons, and damage fishing nets and boats’ engines in their efforts to terrorize fishermen.
Gaza has approximately 3,000 fishermen, of whom only 800 work on some 700 boats.
Some 70,000 Palestinians in Gaza make a living directly or indirectly from fishing, according to official Palestinian statistics.