Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Video: Israeli navy shot at fishing boat with internationals during the night 17 April 2012

Published on Apr 17, 2012 by
Last night I sailed again with the fishermen on a trawler. This time there were with me three internationals. We sailed from the port of Gaza city at about 6.00 pm and we came back at about 6.30 am.
There is shortage of fish inside the 3 miles, and pullution of the water sea, so we decided to go over 3 nautical miles and we arrived at 3,5 nautical miles.
The Israely navy came around us and put his light on and then turned it off disappearing in the dark, so the fishermen could not see its movements.
The Israeli navy started shooting at us. Then an israeli soldier said "Pull on the anchor, if not I will take you to Ashdod"
The Israeli navy kept on shooting at us.
We came back at 3.00 miles.
This is the siege.

Restrictions on the fishing zone are of extreme significance to Palestinian livelihoods.
This area was supposed to be 20 miles according to the Jericho agreements from 1994 (under the Oslo accords),
then it was reduced to 12 miles, to 6 miles and now to 3 miles since January 2009.
The marine 'buffer zone' restricts Gazan fishermen from accessing 85% of Gaza's fishing waters agreed to by Oslo.
Israel has been regularly attacking Palestinian fishermen within the purported 3 nautical mile fishing limit.
The livelihood of many Gazans relies on fishing and Israel has been using live ammunition and water cannons to prevent
fishermen from doing their work.