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Israeli naval forces opened fire on Palestinian fishing boats off the coast of the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, a spokesman for Gaza's fishermen said.
The Israeli gunboats fired at the Palestinian fishing boats off the town of Rafah, with no casualties reported, head of Gaza's Palestinian Fishermen's Union Nizar Ayyash told Anadolu Agency.
According to Ayyash, the Israeli army claimed that the boats had crossed the six nautical miles off the coast allowed by the Israeli navy for Gaza's fishermen.
In late August, Israel allowed Palestinian fishermen to ply their trade up to six nautical miles off the coast of the Gaza Strip – as opposed to a previous three miles.
The cease-fire reached between Israel and Palestinian groups on August 26 ended 51 days of relentless Israeli attacks on the coastal enclave, which saw over 2,160 Palestinians killed – the vast majority of them civilians – and nearly 11,000 injured.
According to Ayyash, some 50,000 Gazans earn their living from the fishing business.
He estimated their combined losses during Israel's recent war at more than $6 million.
Ever since Hamas – which Israel deems a "terrorist" organization – won the 2006 legislative polls, Israel has imposed a tight land and sea blockade on the Gaza Strip.Last Mod: 19 Kasım 2014, 11:52