Israeli forces ‘detain 8 fishermen’ off Gaza coast


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Maan News Agency | Sept 11, 2011

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Sunday detained eight fishermen off the coast of Gaza City, local sources told Ma’an.

Locals said Israeli naval boats surrounded a fishing boat belonging to the Baker family near As-Sudanyeh, north of Gaza City and detained eight people on board.

Those detained were identified as Hassan Khader Baker, his sons Khader, Jafar and Muhammad and their relatives Allam, Suheil and Muhammad.

An Israeli military spokeswoman was not immediately familiar with the arrests.

The sea off Gaza has been mostly off limits since June 2006 when Israel imposed a tight blockade on the territory after militants there snatched Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who is still being held.

The blockade was tightened a year later when Hamas seized control of the territory, ousting forces loyal to the Western-backed Palestinian Authority.

Israeli military ships patrol Gaza’s Mediterranean shore, enforcing a 3-mile fishing limit and blockade on the strip.

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