Monday, February 13, 2012

Israel's navy detains 4 Gaza fishermen

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces detained four Gazan fishermen overnight Sunday and Monday morning, Ma'an's correspondent said.

Israel's navy seized Jamal al-Sultan, 60, and his son Fadel, 22, on Monday in the northern Gaza Strip.

On Sunday, naval forces detained Adham Mahmoud Abu Riyaleh, 22, and his brother Mahmoud Mahmoud Abu Riyaleh, 13, off the beaches of Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said that in both incidences the boats had deviated from the designated fishing area and failed to respond to Israeli navy calls to return.

Jamal al-Sultan and his son Fadel were transferred to the custody of security forces. Abu Riyaleh and his brother were returned to the Gaza Strip after being briefly detained, but navy forces confiscated their boats, the spokeswoman said.

Under Israel's maritime blockade, Palestinians are forbidden from fishing more than three nautical miles from the coast.

During the Oslo accords negotiators had agreed on 20 nautical miles of fishing access along Gaza's coastline.

In early December, the Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights said Israel has detained 40 fishermen, injured five others and seized nine boats since the start of 2011.

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