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Israel navy fires on Gaza fishing boats

  • Palestinian youths wave national flags from boats during a protest organized by Palestinian activists against the Israeli naval blockade, at the fishermen's port in Gaza City, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

GAZA CITY: Israeli naval forces on Friday opened fire on Palestinian fishing boats off the coast of the Gaza Strip.

"Israeli gunboats opened fire toward a group of Palestinian fishermen north of the Gaza Strip," a media source told the Anadolu Agency.

No casualties were reported.

Israel allows fishing up to 6 miles off the Gaza coast.

When it first imposed its blockade on the Gaza Strip in 2006, Israel had allowed a 3-nautical-mile fishing zone for Palestinian fishermen.

Gaza fishermen say the measures have adversely impacted their traditional business. They complain that their annual hauls have since fallen from pre-blockade levels of some 4,000 tons of fish to a current 1,500 tons.

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

 
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