IOF opens fire at fishing boats in Gaza

PNN/Gaza/

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) this morning opened fire on fishermen in the Gaza Sea.

The IOF opened heavy fire at fishing boats off the coast of several areas in the Gaza Strip Sunday morning. According to a local source, the IOF targeted fishing boats off the coast of the town Beit Lahiya as well as an area in northwest Gaza. No injuries have been reported.

Security sources revealed that the IOF were also targeting fishing boats off the coast of the town Sheikh Ijlin and near the central region of the Gaza Strip.

Israeli naval boats regularly open fire on Palestinian fishermen sailing within the six-nautical-miles zone and farmlands along the border, clearly violating the ceasefire deal, reported IMEMC.

Israel and the Palestinian factions signed a ceasefire deal on August 26, bringing to a close the latest 2014 Israeli assault on Gaza that killed over 2,200 people, mostly civilians.

The ceasefire deal specified that Israel would immediately ease the blockade imposed on the strip and enlargen the fishing zone off Gaza’s coast, allowing fishermen to sail up to 6 nautical miles from shore, and would continue to expand this area gradually.

Israel has however failed to do so, regularly breaching the ceasefire deal by opening fire on Palestinian fishermen within the fishing zone and reducing their income.