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Gaza fishermen not permitted beyond 6-mile zone any time soon

As Israel keeps delaying the decision to allow Gazan fishermen to go further into the sea, they are left with a small nautical area where fish are scarce.
Palestinian fishermen ride their boats as they return from fishing at the seaport of Gaza City early morning September 26, 2016.  Picture taken September 26, 2016. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem - RTSPO9A
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — After Israel announced Oct. 25 its intention to expand the permitted fishing zone off Gaza’s coast from 6 to 9 miles, starting Nov. 3, it delayed the implementation of the decision until Nov. 6 and subsequently halted the decision indefinitely.

Fisherman Mohammed Hassouna lives in Beach refugee camp west of Gaza City and had pinned high hopes on the expansion decision, which he thought would improve — albeit slightly — his daily catch. His hopes, however, were dashed by Israel’s revocation of this decision.

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