Israel navy fires on Gaza fishing boats

GAZA CITY – Israeli navy boats on Sunday opened their gunfire on Palestinian fishing boats off the coast of the Gaza Strip with no injuries reported.

"Israeli boats opened their fire on the fishing boats off the coast of Rafah in southern Gaza," Nizar Ayash, the head of Gaza's Palestinian Fishermen's Union, told Anadolu Agency.

When it first imposed its blockade on the coastal enclave in 2006, Israel had specified a three-nautical-mile fishing zone for Palestinian fisherman.

Gaza fishermen say this has adversely impacted their business, complaining that their annual hauls of fish had since fallen from some 4,000 tons a year to only 1,500 tons at present.

Of the Gaza Strip's nearly 1.8 million inhabitants, roughly 40,000 earn their living from fishing, according to the Fishermen's Union.

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