Thousands of fishermen in the Gaza Strip were able to resume their work on Wednesday 02/09/2020, after 18 days of total closure of the sea by the Israeli occupying Power. This deprived about 5,000 fishermen and workers in the fishing sector of their daily and only source of livelihood.
Lately, the Israeli occupying Power imposed a complete closure of the sea, preventing fishermen from conducting their work, which is their only source of income. This measure was enforced as a part of the tight blockade on the Gaza Strip, which also included closure of crossings between Israel and Gaza, while the Gaza Strip witnesses an ongoing deterioration of the humanitarian situation, and the spread of Covid-19 among communities in the Gaza Strip.
After Israel lifted the ban on fishing at sea, and due to the spread of Covid-19, the Ministry of Agriculture allowed fishermen to return to work according to preventive and safety measures and special instructions to protect them.
For many years, the Israeli occupying Power has been perpetrating constant violations of the rights of fishermen in the Gaza Strip, by chasing them, shooting at them, or arresting them, confiscating their boats and equipment, without which they cannot earn a livelihood, in addition to reducing the permitted fishing area.