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IOF Escalates its Violations against Palestinian Fishermen and Farmers, Al Mezan Condemns the Israeli Escalation and Calls for Intervention


The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) have continued its escalation against Palestinian fishermen and farmers in border areas.
According to the documentation of the Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, the IOF continues to open fire at Palestinian civilians even when they are within one kilometer’s distance from the separation fence between Gaza Strip and Israel.
The IOF injured a number of Palestinians in those areas and arrested a farmer east of Gaza City.
The IOF also continued to open fire on fishermen, pursue them in Gazan waters, and destroy and confiscate their equipment, including their nets and boats.
  The IOF violations continue regardless of the announced ceasefire that has been reached on Wednesday 21 November 2012 to end the wide-scale eight-day aggression on the Gaza Strip.
  According to information collected by Al Mezan, since the ceasefire came into effect, the IOF carried out 25 attacks against civilians in areas near the border.
In one case civilians who were more than one kilometer away from the separation fence were directly attacked by Israeli fire.
As a result, two persons were killed, 54 others injured, including nine children.
In addition, the IOF arrested four, including a child, in areas near the border.
  Moreover, the IOF carried out 22 attacks against Palestinian fishermen in Gaza’s territorial waters.
It arrested 31 fishermen and released them at different times except one fisherman who is still in detention at the time when this press release is published at 2:20 pm on Monday 3 December 2012.
As a result of these attacks, four fishing boats and at least one fishing net were damaged.
  Al Mezan reiterates its strong condemnation of Israel’s continuous violations in access-restricted areas and asserts that the right of Palestinian fishermento access fish in Gaza’s territorial waters is a basic right.
The IOF attacks against fishermen show clearly Israel’ssystematic violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law.
  Therefore, Al Mezan reiterates its previous calls on the international community to promptly intervene in order to end Israel’s human rightsviolations.
Al Mezan asserts that Gaza Strip is part of the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) and the dual agreements between the IOF and Palestinian bodies under regional and international sponsorship, including Oslo Accords, do not exempt the IOF from its obligation under the international law.
Israel under international law is obliged to end its violations and to respect human rights and its implementationwith respect to the Palestinians in oPt.

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