The Israeli occupation has committed 172 violations against Palestinian fishermen over the first half of this year, Al Mezan Center for Human Rights.
In its report issued on Saturday, the NGO group explained that the violations included limiting the permitted fishing zone off Gaza’s coast, opening fire at Palestinian fishermen, and chasing and arresting the fishermen while working off the coast of the besieged Gaza Strip.
The report also covers confiscation of fishing boats and equipment and damaging fishing nets, power generators and light signs.
The Palestinian organisation demonstrated that such violations had negatively affected all Palestinians working in the fishing industry.
In 2019, the number of people working in Gaza’s fishing industry has decreased to 5,606, including 3,606 fishermen, compared to nearly 10,000 in 1997.
Because of these unabated violations, the Gaza-based rights group pointed out, the Palestinians working in the fishing industry have become among the poorest in the Gaza Strip.
Gaza’s fishing industry is an integral part of the Palestinian economy as it provides job opportunities for thousands of Palestinians and thus help to increase the gross national income.