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Israeli goodwill gestures fail to hook Palestinian fishermen

Fishermen in Gaza are not celebrating Israel's expansion of their fishing zones, saying the measures are largely empty and there are no guarantees they will last.

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israel's series of goodwill gestures to the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip Sept. 1 include the expansion of the fishing area, an increase in the amount of water sold to Gaza and an increase of work permits as well as the entry of more goods and equipment into the besieged enclave through the Kerem Shalom border crossing.

Hamas spokesperson Hazem Qassem told Al-Monitor, “Agreements among mediators and Israel are in place to relieve the blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip. Israel has tried to avoid [easing the siege] after the latest escalation in May, but the Palestinian factions in Gaza have insisted.”

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