‘Dying to Fish’: How Israeli Piracy Destroyed Gaza’s Once Thriving Fishing Industry | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

‘Dying to Fish’: How Israeli Piracy Destroyed Gaza’s Once Thriving Fishing Industry

On August 16, the Israeli navy declared the Gaza sea a closed military zone. A few days later, a group of Gaza fishermen decided to take their chances by fishing within a mere two or three nautical miles off the Gaza shore. No sooner had they cast their nets, Israeli navy bullets began whizzing all around them.

Soon after the incident, I spoke with one of these fishermen. His name is Fathi.

"My wife, my eight children and I, we all live off fishing. The Israeli navy shot at us today and asked us to leave the sea. I had to return to my family empty-handed, without any fish to sell and nothing to give to my children," Fathi told me.

This fisherman’s story is typical. According to the Israeli rights group B’tselem, "about 95% of fishermen in Gaza live below the poverty line".

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