Video: A break in the Israeli blockade-A break for Palestinian fishers
A report and video from Gaza from Rosa Schiano.
Today we accompanied the Palestinian fishermen on a trawler and we tried to pass the 3 nautical miles limit illegally imposed by Israel.
Inside the three miles there is no fish,so this limit deprive the fishermen of their livelihood.
Often the Israeli navy attacks the fishermen also inside the 3 miles limit, arrest them and confiscates their boats.
” Israel’s attacks against Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip constitutes a flagrant violation of international humanitarian and human rights law, especially the right to life and security of the person, in accordance with Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which the State of Israel is a party. IOF perpetrated violations against Palestinian fishermen in the sea, when these fishermen did not pose any threat to Israeli naval troops. The fishermen were practicing their right to work and seeking their livelihood within the territorial waters of the Gaza Strip when the IOF attacked them.
Israeli forces illegally reduced the area of fishing gradually from 20 nautical miles, which was established under the Oslo Accords, to 10 nautical miles in 2005. In June 2006, IOF imposed a total siege for months, and opened it later permitting fishermen to fish within a 6-nautical-mile limit, which was then reduced to 3 nautical miles in 2007. However, Israeli forces continue to attack Palestinian fishermen even within the 3 nautical miles since 2009. Fishermen are subjected to shootings, resulting in deaths and injuries, they are often chased, arrested, unnecessarily inspected, humiliated, and even their boats and fishing equipment are confiscated, which are sometimes drowned or destroyed by IOF ”
(source: Palestinian Center for Human Rights)
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