Israeli navy destroys boat
The Israeli navy attacked on Thursday Palestinian fishermen offshore As-Sudaniya, northwest of Gaza city, destroyed a boat, according to local sources.
Local sources stated that the fishermen were within three nautical miles of Israeli naval vessels when they were attacked with gunfire and water hoses, causing damage to a boat and forcing them to flee for safety. However, no injuries have been confirmed.
Israel has not actually disengaged from Gaza fourteen years after its so-called "disengagement"; it still controls its land boundaries, access to the sea, and airspace.
The Gaza Strip, home to two million Palestinians, has been subjected to a punishing and debilitating Israeli blockade for the past 12 years, as well as frequent onslaughts that have severely damaged most of the enclave's infrastructure.
Gaza's 2-million people are still living under occupation and a strict blockade that has devastated the local economy, strangled Palestinian livelihoods, thrown them into unparalleled unemployment and poverty, and cut them off from the rest of the occupied Palestinian territories and the rest of the world.
Gaza is still under occupation, with no control over its boundaries, territorial waters, or airspace. Meanwhile, Israel fulfills only a small portion of its obligations as an occupying force, failing to meet the basic needs of Palestinian citizens in the region.
Two out of every three Palestinians in Gaza are refugees from what is now Israel. Since they are not Jews, the government forbids them from exercising their right to return, which is enshrined in international law.