Israeli soldiers injure 3 Gaza fishermen

PressTV –  Fri May 27, 2011 9:51AM

Gaza fishermen (file photo)
Israeli forces have shot and wounded three Palestinian fishermen off the coast of the Gaza Strip as Tel Aviv continues its grip on the coastal sliver.

The fishermen’s boat caught fire after the incident which left the three Palestinians injured, AFP reported.

Palestinian officials in Gaza say the attack is not the first of its kind and aims to tighten the screws on fishermen living in the territory.

This comes after tens of fishermen organized a sit-in in the port of Gaza on Thursday, calling on the international community to intervene and help lift the Israeli maritime siege, reduce restrictions on their operations, and provide them with international protection.

The Israeli military controls Gaza’s territorial waters, but under 1993 Oslo Accords it has agreed to allow fishing boats to sail into the Mediterranean for up to 20 nautical miles.

However, over the past decade, Gaza fishermen have been able to fish only in a narrow stretch of water up to three miles and even within that restricted area they come under increasing Israeli attacks.

According to health officials in Gaza, at least 10 Palestinian fishermen have been killed and dozens wounded since 2010.

Meanwhile, Hamas has held maneuvers to repel any possible Israeli attacks on fishing and international aid boats in Gaza’s territorial waters.

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