Israel Expands Gaza Fishing Zone, Allows Transfer of Goods and Equipment

Yaniv Kubovich
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Gaza fishermen casting their nets off the coast of Gaza City, last month
Gaza fishermen casting their nets off the coast of Gaza City, last monthCredit: MOHAMMED ABED - AFP
Yaniv Kubovich

Israel will expand Gaza's fishing zone and allow the import of agriculture, food, electric goods into the Gaza Strip as of Sunday, Israel’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) announced on Thursday night. 

Other goods for medicine, fishing and international trade will also be transferred to the Strip on Sunday. 

"After an assessment of the security situation and with the approval of the political echelon, it was decided tomorrow to expand the fishing area in the Strip from six to 12 nautical miles," the statement from COGAT read. 

The passage of Palestinians living in Gaza abroad will take place through the Israel's border with Jordan, and 29 private vehicles left at the Erez crossing from the last operation will be allowed on a one-time basis.

Earlier this month, the IDF announced that the state had approved expanding Gaza's fishing area to 12 miles, but it was not put into practice.

Hamas threatened that there would be an escalation in tensions with Israel if the transfer of construction goods and the Qatari funds would not be approved.

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