Monday, September 3, 2012

Israeli navy shooting in the sea, 2 miles offshores in Gaza waters

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Last night me and an other international were accompanying some fishermen on a trawler. Suddenly, while we were at 2 miles offshore in Gaza waters, a vessel of the Israeli navy came near us and started shooting in the water.

The fishing zone was supposed to be 20 nautical 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.

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