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Puertas al mar (Doors to the Sea)

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20, 12, 6, 3 nautical miles.
Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip see how their working area shrinks more and more. Their boats sail up and down the coast, finding little fish in highly polluted waters. They make a living between shifting boundaries imposed by the gunfire of the Israeli army. The sea that always fed them now has gates that cannot be crossed.

In 1994, following the signature of the Oslo Accords between the Palestinian Liberation Organizations and Israel, the Palestinian fishermen where legally allowed to go inside the sea up to 20 nautical miles in front of the Gaza Strip. This area is being continuously reduced. In 2002, during the second intifada it was already 12 miles. The siege suffered by the Gaza population after the democratic victory of Hamas in the 2006 election reduced this area to 6 miles. Since the Israeli military offensive, "Cast Lead", in December 2008 the limit for the Palestinian is 3 miles. Local and international witness inform that this limit is imposed by gun fire.


Between December 2010 and January 2011 the Israeli army's attacks on Gaza's waters caused at least 14 arrests, among them two children, the confiscation of 2 boats and damages in equipments.

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Interesting links:

OCHA:Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affaires in the Palestinian Territories (UN)

UAWC: Union of Agricultur Working Committees

PCHR: Palestinian Center for Human Rights.

CPSGaza: Civil Peace Services in Gaza