Israel returns 3 fishing boats to Gaza after holding it for years

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The Israeli authorities returned, on Tuesday, 3 Palestinian fishing boats to the Gaza Strip, after being detained for several years.

Nizar Ayyash, the head of the Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip, told Anadolu correspondent that “the Israeli occupation forces released two fishing boats of large size and a small boat which they detained for several years.”

Ayyash added: “These boats docked at the fishermen’s port on the seashore of Gaza City.”

He pointed out that two of the three boats reached the Gaza Strip by sea, while the third arrived through the “Karm Abu Salem” crossing south of Gaza.

Ayash noted that the boats returned without their fishing gear, and they need maintenance with large sums of money to be suitable for reuse.

This brings the number of boats that Israel has returned to the Gaza Strip since last July, 69 boats that had been expelled from the sea during the work of fishermen during the past years, according to the Fishermen’s Syndicate.

Last May, the Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights (non-governmental) said that the Israeli prosecution announced that it intends to work in the coming months to return the rest of the fishing boats from the Gaza Strip that were seized by the navy and that there was no need to confiscate them, according to considerations. Security and political. ”

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