Boats in Gaza harbor, June 2018 B'tselem

Gunfire, Bans, Ship Seizures: Israeli Army Is Destroying a Staple of Gaza’s Economy

At a time when 90 percent of Gazans are under the poverty line, fishing isn’t a pastime but an existential necessity, even beyond the zone allowed by the IDF

One early morning in February, Isma’il Saleh Muhammad Abu Ryalah left his house in the Gaza Strip’s Al-Shati refugee camp as usual. With two friends, the 18-year-old boarded a rickety boat and set sail to try...

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