Ref: 15/2013


The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) condemns
the Israeli Navy’s escalation of attacks against Palestinian fishermen in the
Gaza Strip and expresses its deep concern for such escalation, which resulted
in injuring two fishermen and partially damaging their boat today.


According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately
11:00 on Monday, 18 February 2013, two Israeli gunboats attacked a Palestinian
fishing boat, boarding 5 fishermen, sailing 3 nautical miles off al-Sundaniya
shore in the northern Gaza Strip.  The
Israeli soldiers fired directly at the boat from a distance of approximately 10
meters. As a result, two fishermen were wounded: Abdel-Razeq Mahmoud Jarbou’
(16) and Abdallah Mas’oud al-Ghoul (24), from Gaza city.  The wounded fishermen were transported to
al-Shifaa Hospital in Gaza for treatment; their wounds were described as moderate.  The shooting also inflicted partial damages
to the attacked fishing boat, which belongs to Mahmoud Mohammed al-Jarbou’,
from Gaza.


It should be noted that this incident occurred
at 3 nautical miles, which is within the 6-nautical-mile limit allowed by the
Israeli forces for the Palestinian fishermen to sail and fish at, under the
terms of the truce deal signed between Israel and the Palestinian armed groups
under Egyptian and international auspices on 22 November 2012.


PCHR condemns the continuous Israeli attacks
against Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip, and:

1. Calls for immediately stopping the policy of chasing and
arresting Palestinian fishermen, and allowing them to sail and fish freely;

2. Demands compensation for the fishermen for the physical and
material damage caused to them and their property as a result of these

3. Calls upon the international community, including the High
Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 Relative to the Protection
of Civilian Persons in Time of war, to intervene immediately to stop the
Israeli violations against the Palestinian fishermen, and to allow them to sail
and fish freely in the Gaza sea.