GAZA, Sunday, September 17, 2023 (WAFA) – A fisherman and his son were injured by Israeli navy gunfire Sunday evening, in the sea of Rafah Governorate, south of the Gaza Strip.
WAFA correspondent reported that the occupation naval soldiers opened fire on a fishing boat, approximately four nautical miles off the coast of Rafah, wounding them, after which they were taken to the hospital.
Since October 2000, human right centers in Gaza have documented several Israeli violations, including killing and confiscation of boats, against fishermen who were allowed, in accordance with international guaranteed Palestinian- Israeli agreements, to fish in within 4 to 6 nautical miles off shore.
Despite the signed agreements between Palestinians and Israel, which allow fishermen to go 12 nautical miles inside the Mediterranean Sea, Israeli navy targets Gaza fishermen almost daily and does not allow them to go further than three nautical miles, which the fishermen say is not enough to catch fish.
A large number of Gazans rely on fishing for daily living in light of the tight decade-old blockade imposed by Israel on the Gaza Strip.