Middle East

Israeli navy arrests 2 fishermen off Gaza coast

Roughly 50,000 inhabitants of Gaza earn their living through fishing

Hacer Baser   | 22.07.2019
Israeli navy arrests 2 fishermen off Gaza coast

GAZA CITY, Palestine

Israeli naval forces on Sunday arrested two Palestinian fishermen off the coast of the blockaded Gaza Strip, according to a local union. 

Fishermen were identified as Isam Nabil Al-Akra, 24, and his brother Riad Al-Akra, 20, Gaza’s fishermen union said in a written statement.

Israeli forces also seized the fishermen’s boats, the statement added.

The Israeli military has yet to issue an official statement on the arrests.

According to Palestinian figures, roughly 50,000 inhabitants of Gaza earn their living through fishing.

After Israel's 2014 onslaught against the Hamas-run Gaza Strip -- where more than 2,150 Palestinians were killed-- , Israel began allowing Palestinian fishermen to ply their trade up to six nautical miles off Gaza’s coast.

In May, the Israeli army said the fishing zone was cut to 10 nautical miles, down from 15 miles, after arson balloons were launched from Gaza into Israel.

Palestinian officials say Israeli naval forces frequently open fire on Gazan fishermen on the pretext that they were fishing outside the allowed zone.

*Writing by Burak Bir

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