Thursday, April 9, 2009

OCHA report 1-7/4/2009: 10 fishermen abducted, 6 occasions of Israeli gunfire

extract from OCHA weekly report (1-7/4/2009)

Israeli bans on access to agricultural land
near the border and fishing zones continue
During the reporting period, Israeli forces
continued to open fire on Palestinian farmers
and fishermen. Several houses sustained
damage when Israeli forces opened fire on
farmers east of Al Maghazi Camp, forcing
them to leave their land. In addition, Israeli
patrol boats opened-fire on six occasions
towards Palestinian fishermen enforcing the
limitation of the fishing zone to three nautical
miles. According to Al Mezan human rights
centre, on 6 April, Israeli patrol boats opened
fire on a fleet of Palestinian fishing boats
carrying 60 fishermen. During the incident,
Israeli patrol boats detained ten fishermen,
including two children, and confiscated their
boats. The fishermen were released the next
day. No injuries were reported.