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Rights group: 92 Israeli violations against Gaza fishermen since start of 2020

23 April, 20

Israeli occupation forces have perpetrated 92 violations against Palestinian fishermen working off Gaza’s coast since the beginning of this year, a Al Mezan Center for Human Rights has found.

In a statement, the Palestinian advocacy group documented 92 attacks in which Israeli navy forces have opened fire at defenceless fishermen, injuring six of them, and detained three others, including a child.

Since the start of 2020, Israeli occupation forces have sized a fishing boat off the coast of the blockaded Gaza Strip and sabotage seven others along with fishing equipment, the rights group continued.

Israeli navy forces continue its systematic violations against Palestinian fishermen working off Gaza’s coast, where they chase their fishing boats, open fire at them, jeopardising their lives, and sometimes, vandalise or confiscate their boats or fishing equipment, the Gaza-based organisation pointed out.  

The human rights group denounced the surge of Israeli violations perpetrated against Palestinian fishermen by Israeli navy forces while denying them from making a living amid Gaza’s deteriorating humanitarian situation. 

The NGO group noted that the majority of the violations were committed in the areas in which the Israeli occupation army permitted them to work. 

Apart from the attacks on Palestinian fishermen and their equipment, the group added, the Israeli occupation bans the entry of fishing equipment into Gaza as part of its crippling siege on the impoverished enclave.    

The human rights organisation has renewed its call to the international community to assume its role towards the Palestinian people and work on lifting the 13-year Israeli siege on the Gaza Strip.

The organisation called for placing pressure on the Israeli occupation to end its systemic violations, respect principles of international law, and urgently allow entry of medical assistance and humantarian aid into the Gaza Strip, where unemployment rate has exceeded 50 percent.