Situation worse than ever for Gaza fishermen

News Created 28/9 2016 at 17:29

There are an estimated 4,000 fishermen in Gaza. Only 5-700 of them fish regularly. The reason for that is either that they fear being detained by Israeli occupation forces, whose ships patrol the six-nautical-mile zone from the shores within which Palestinian boats are allowed. Or, the other reason is that they are unable to make a living from what they catch in that zone, which is depleted of fish. 41-year-old fisherman, Majed Abu Reyala, tells Reuters in Gaza that the situation is the worst it has been in a century. Human rights organization Al-Mezan reports that 113 fishermen have been detained this year alone, up from 41 during the same period last year. Their only crime was to try to survive on their trade. Many of them, among them Abu Mohammed, face intense pressure to become informants for the Israeli security forces.

Source: Reuter