Jul 30, 2021 06:55 UTC
  • Zionist regime detains Gaza fishermen, seize their boats

Israeli regime forces have arrested at least two fishermen and seized their boats off the northern coast of the besieged Gaza Strip.

Palestine's Wafa news agency quoting sources reported that the assault occurred near al-Sudaniya area, northwest of Gaza City early on Thursday when the fishermen were sailing within three nautical miles from Gaza’s shore.

Israeli forces forcibly abducted the fishermen and took them to an undisclosed location before impounding both fishing boats, the report said.

Palestinian fishermen come under Israeli attacks on almost a daily basis and those who get close to the fishing limit get shot or detained by the regime.

On Sunday, the illegal Zionist entity reduced the Gaza fishing zone from 12 to 6 miles.

Israel regularly shoots and detains Gazan fishermen over allegations of crossing the "designated fishing zone," which is practically three nautical miles.

Currently there are some 4,000 fishermen in the blockaded coastal land and only hundreds of them fish regularly as they fear being shot or arrested by Israeli naval forces.

The fishing sector has traditionally been the sole source of income for thousands of families across the impoverished coastal region. Some 70,000 Palestinians in Gaza make a living directly or indirectly from fishing.