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Israel re-expands fishing area to 6 miles from Gaza shore
Israel re-expands fishing area to 6 miles from Gaza shore
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Gaza, Alray- Israel's Channel 7 TV said "Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided to re-expand fishing area to about six miles from Gaza shorr,"

The channel indicated that "Netanyahu ordered Israeli Navy to increase fishing catch limit, which reduced in March allegedly due to firing rockets from the Gaza Strip."

Israeli occupation authorities had permitted the fishing area at 6 nautical miles in the wake of the cease-fire agreement, signed with the Palestinian resistance in November 2012 under Egypt's auspices.

Israeli human rights group "B'Tselem" considered earlier reducing the fishing area, in response to the Palestinian resistance's rockets at south Israel settlements, a collective punishment and a serious threat to fishermen's livelihoods.

B'Tselem saw the occupation navy's decision as a violation of Oslo Accords that determines fishing area at 20 nautical miles (about 37 km); however, "Israel" gradually reduced the area over time depriving thousands of Gaza families from an affordable food and an essential component of nutrition.

"It is clear from the data of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs that the number of fishermen decreased between 2000 and 2010, from nearly 10,000 to less than 4,000." according to the group.

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