North Gaza strip, ALRAY - Israeli occupation forces opned fires Thursday towards Palestinian fishermen's boats off Beit Lahia coast in the northern Gaza Strip.
Local sources pointed out that the Israeli navy opned heavy fires towarrds Palestinian fishing boats in order to prevent them from fishing even though within the allowed fishing distance of 6 nautical miles.
The Israeli occupation forces attack Gazan fishermen and their fishing boats in a daliy manner while Israel keeps its blockade on Gaza Strip, which includes restrictions on the Gaza fishing zone that deprives members of the fishing community of their right to work and puts fishermen’s life and wellbeing at serious risk.
The attacks include violations on the right to livelihood, harassment and shooting, arbitrary arrest and detention that involves abuse, and confiscation of property including fishing boats and nets. The IOF use cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment during fishermen arrests. In 2013, the IOF carried out 147 attacks against fishermen, injuring 10, arresting 22, confiscating 9 boats, and destroying extensive amounts of fishing equipment