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Funeral held for Palestinian fisherman killed by coward Israeli forces in Gaza

Palestinians have held a funeral ceremony for a 23-year-old fisherman who was killed by Israeli fire in the border area of the northern Gaza Strip.

According to the local Union of Agricultural Work Committees, Nawaf al-Aattar was targeted on Wednesday evening while fishing northwest of the coast of Beit Lahia city, located about five kilometers north of Gaza.

The Palestine Red Crescent Society said the fisherman was taken to hospital in a critical condition, and succumbed to the grave gunshot wounds he had suffered in his abdomen shortly afterwards.

According to Palestinian estimates, roughly 50,000 Gazans earn their living from fishing.

Israel imposed a limit of three nautical miles on fishing in the waters off the Gaza shore until August 2014, when Palestinian fishermen were allowed to go out six miles under a ceasefire agreement reached between the Israelis and Palestinians following a deadly 50-day Israeli war in the same month.

The fishing zone is supposed to extend to 20 nautical miles under the Oslo Accords. The Oslo Accords were signed between the Israeli regime and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) during the early-mid 1990s to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

In May 2017, Israeli authorities increased the fishing area for Gazan fishermen to nine nautical miles.

Over the past few years, Israeli forces have carried out more than a hundred attacks on Palestinian boats, arresting dozens of fishermen and confiscating several boats.

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