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Friday, February 3, 2017

B'Tselem: Israel destroying Gaza’s fishing sector

In 2000, Gaza had about 10,000 fishermen. Today, the Gaza Fishermen’s Association has only some 4,000 fishermen registered, who are the breadwinners for approximately 50,000 persons. This figure, however, is misleading as half the registered fishermen are actually out of work, since their boats are out of commission and cannot be repaired due to the shortage in necessary raw materials. Ninety-five percent of Gaza’s fishermen live under the poverty line, defined as a monthly income of less than 2,293 ILS (roughly 600 USD) for a family of five. These families rely on humanitarian aid, and belong to the 80% of Gaza’s overall population who rely on humanitarian aid.

The decline of Gaza’s fishing sector is a direct result of Israel’s policy, which includes severe restrictions on marine access, fishing exports, and the entry of raw materials into Gaza, as well as harassment of fishermen.

Full Report

Al Haq: Deadly Catch - Israel Systematically Attacks Gaza’s Fishermen (64 pages)

EI: Braving Israeli bullets in Gaza's sea

IMEU: Fishing to the Limit in Gaza via @JehadSaftawi

PCHR: Israeli Attacks on Fishermen in the Gaza Sea

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