World Bulletin / News Desk
Israeli naval forces on Thursday opened fire on Palestinian fishing boats off the coast of the northern Gaza Strip, a spokesman for Gaza's fishermen has said.
"Israeli gunboats opened fire on fishing boats off the Gaza coast," Nizar Ayyash, head of Gaza's Palestinian Fishermen's Union, told The Anadolu Agency.
No casualties were reported.
The Israeli navy routinely shoots at Palestinian fishing boats on the pretext that they are fishing in unauthorized waters, Ayyash said, adding that Israeli attacks appeared to intentionally target the livelihoods of Palestinian fishermen.
Last summer, Israel allowed Palestinian fishermen to ply their trade up to six nautical miles off the coast of the Gaza Strip – as opposed to three miles previously.
A cease-fire reached last summer between Israel and Palestinian factions ended 51 days of relentless Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, which killed over 2,160 Palestinians.
According to Ayyash, some 50,000 Gazans earn their living from fishing.
Ever since Hamas – which Israel deems a "terrorist" organization – won 2006 legislative polls, the self-proclaimed Jewish state has imposed a tight land and sea blockade on the coastal strip.