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Egypt Bans Gaza Fishermen From Its Waters

Already suffering from an Israeli siege, Gaza's fishermen have now been banned from fishing in neighboring Egyptian waters.
Palestinians sell fish at a fish market in Gaza City May 22, 2013. Israel on Tuesday expanded the distance it permits Gaza fishermen to head out to sea, restoring a limit it cut in half two months ago in response to rocket fire from the Palestinian enclave. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem (GAZA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTXZVXX

Palestinian fishermen have been banned by Egyptian authorities from sailing into Egyptian waters. It is the latest punitive measure slapped on Gaza following President Mohammed Morsi’s overthrow on July 3. 

The fishermen often sailed toward Egyptian waters from their narrow fishing zone, which Israel has set to six nautical miles and which is described by local fishermen as a “pool.” 

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