Since the beginning of 2013, Israeli forces have arrested 18 Palestinian fishermen, injured 8, and confiscated 7 boats.
Al Mezan Condemns Continuous Israeli Violations against fishermen.
Al Mezan calls on the international community to promptly intervene in order to end Israel’s human rights violations.
According to the monitoring conducted by the Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, in 2013, Israeli occupying forces carried out 132 attacks against fishermen, during which 18 fishermen were arrested, eight fishermen were injured, seven boats were confiscated, and nets were destroyed in seven incidents.
Most recently, at approximately 4:30 am on Saturday, 9 November, 2013, Israeli gunboats patrolling the Gaza sea opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats off the coast of Al Waha resort, northwest of Beit Lahiya, in the North Gaza district.
According to Al Mezan’s investigations, the fishermen dropped their nets near the K water border.
The wind pushed the nets to the north.
As soon as the fishermen approached the area, without entering it, an Israeli boat opened fire at them.
The fishermen reported that they were terrified and therefore quickly withdrew southward.
The nets sank in the sea; Subhi Mohammed Mousa, 55, lost 14 nets, Hatem Salen Abu Warda, 40, lost 14 nets, and Mohammed Ameen Abu Warda, 20, lost 12 nets.
No casualties or injuries were reported.
At approximately 10:00 am on the same day, Israeli forces arrested Saddam and Mahmoud Saleh Abu Warda (ages 23 and 18 respectively).
In his affidavit to Al Mezan, their brother, Fadel Abu Warda, also a fisherman, stated that at approximately 9:00 am on the same day his two brothers went to the sea to look for and try to retrieve some of their nets, but Israeli forces opened fire on them and then forced them to swim to the Israeli boat.
The Israeli forces then arrested them and confiscated their boat.
The two fishermen are from Jabaliya in the North Gaza district.
Al Mezan reiterates its strong condemnation of Israel’s continuous attacksin access-restricted areas and reminds of the basic Palestinian right to access the fish in Gaza’s territorial waters.
The recorded Israeli attacks against Palestinian civilians clearly demonstrate Israel’s systematic violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law.
Al Mezan calls for a full lifting of the restrictions imposed on the fishing activities in Gaza and a complete cessation of attacks.
Al Mezan reiterates its previous calls on the international community to promptly intervene and oblige the Israeli government to uphold human rights and humanitarian standards under international law.
Al Mezan reminds that the Gaza Strip is part of the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) and the dual agreements between the Israeli and Palestinian governments under regional and international sponsorship, including Oslo Accords, do not exempt the Israeli forces from these obligations.