Tuesday, April 10, 2012
VIDEO: Israely navy shooting at fishing boat, 5 April 2012, GAZA
On April 5, 2012, me and Derek sailed again on a trawler with the fishermen during the night.
We were at about 100/150 meters away from the 3 miles limit.
The Israeli nave came quickly and started creating waves and shooting.
We had to came back at about 2 miles offshores.
Restrictions on the fishing zone are of extreme significance to Palestinian livelihoods. This area was supposed to be 20 miles according to the Jericho agreements from 1994 (under the Oslo accords), then it was reduced to 12 miles, to 6 miles and now to 3 miles since January 2009.
The marine 'buffer zone' restricts Gazan fishermen from accessing 85% of Gaza's fishing waters agreed to by Oslo.
Israel has been regularly attacking Palestinian fishermen within the purported 3 nautical mile fishing limit.
The livelihood of many Gazans relies on fishing and Israel has been using live ammunition and water cannons to prevent fishermen from doing their work.
The Israeli Siege continues after more than 4 years, limiting the sea area available for the Gaza population.