Israel to expand designated fishing zone for Palestinians off Gaza shores

In a gesture to the Palestinians, Israel is expected to expand the designated fishing zone off the Gaza shores, allowing Palestinian fishermen to sail for nine miles instead of six.
Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson's Unit

Israel is expected to expand the designated fishing zone for Palestinians off the Gaza shores for a period of three months.

From mid-April to July, Palestinian fishermen will be able to sail for nine miles off the Gaza shores, as opposed to the current six-mile limit. This will enable the export of fish from Gaza and will reduce the price of fish for Gazans.

The decision was approved on Wednesday by IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot, Israeli Navy Chief Gen. Eli Sharvit and others.

About 40,000 Palestinians rely on fishing to make a living. It is an industry that creates jobs not only for the fishermen themselves, but for vendors and restaurant owners as well.

In February,

About 40,000 Palestinians rely on fishing to make a living. It is an industry that creates jobs not only for the fishermen themselves, but for vendors and restaurant owners as well.

In February, a Palestinian fisherman died from Israeli Navy fire after crossing the designated fishing zone.

a Palestinian fisherman died from Israeli Navy fire after crossing the designated fishing zone.



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