‘ISRAELI-ARAB SPRING’ HITS GAZA’S WATERS

Since the 3 July military coup that overthrew Morsi, Palestinian fishermen from Gaza have come under unprecedented attack by Egyptian naval forces and at least three have been injured.

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Video: Along with Israeli attacks, Gaza fishermen face new danger from Egyptian navy

 Ali Abunimah
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In this video report for The Real News Network, Yousef Al-Helou speaks to Gaza fishermen, including survivors of recent Egyptian naval attacks, and the father of two fishermen who were arrested.

Many Palestinians in Gaza depend on the sea for their livelihood, but fishing has become increasingly difficult and dangerous as Israeli attacks on fishermen have reduced the zone where they can fish to just six nautical miles from Gaza’s shore.

This is a violation of the Oslo agreement which sets the fishing zone at 20 nautical miles.

For the past few years, Gaza fisherman were allowed to cross into Egyptian waters under the supervision of Egyptian forces, according to Nizar Ayyash, head of the Gaza fishermen’s syndicate.

This helped relieve the pressure as catches shrunk.

But since the 3 July military coup that overthrew Morsi, Palestinian fishermen from Gaza have come under unprecedented attack by Egyptian naval forces and at least three have been injured.

Ayyash said the attacks came without any warning. “We never expected from our Egyptian brothers to open fire on us,” Ayyash said.

Five others were arrested and an Egyptian military court sentenced them to a year in jail, allegedly for fishing in Egyptian waters.

In a new attempt to break Israel’s tight blockade, activists in Gaza are working to transform a fishing boat into “Gaza’s Ark” which will attempt to set sail from Gaza to export goods.

Due to the Israeli siege, virtually no Palestinian-produced goods are allowed out of Gaza.

 

 

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4 Comments

  1. September 24, 2013 at 15:31

    […] Since the 3 July military coup that overthrew Morsi, Palestinian fishermen from Gaza have come under unprecedented attack by Egyptian naval forces and at least three have been injured. * Video: Alo…  […]

  2. September 24, 2013 at 17:36

    SHAME SHAME SHAME ON THE SO CALLED EGYPTIAN FORCES THEY ARE NOT THE EGYPTIAN PEOPLE MILITARY THEY ARE NOT GAMAL ABDELNASER MILITARY . THEY ARE A ZIONIST FILTHY THUGS BRAINWASHED AGAINST THEIR FELLOW BROTHERS IN GAZA.DOWN WITHE THE DICTATOR REGIME OF TREASON TO THE MOST SACRED OF ARAB CAUSES THAT OF PALESTINE.LONG LIVE TRUE EGYPTIAN PALESTINIAN BROTHERLY LOVE RESPECT AND NEIGHBOURLINEES.UNITED IN THEIR FIGHT AND STRUGGLE AGAINST THE INTRUDER ISRAHELL.

  3. mikael said,

    September 24, 2013 at 20:21

    So, the General is a shepardic “jew” and his family is interwoven into Israel, what a revelation.

    So once again We have been “fooled”, and its obvious, the egyptians have also been Fooled, and who is it possible to do so, its the moust stunning thing in this latest turns, from Egypt.

    Its simply sadening to behold.

    peace

  4. September 24, 2013 at 22:32

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