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April 17, 2013 6:47 pm

Hamas Bans Fishing Off Coast of Gaza for “Security Reasons”

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A bustling beach in Gaza. Photo: Gus.

Hamas security forces in Gaza have banned fishermen from working since Monday, a human rights center said Wednesday, Ma’an News Agency reports.

Naval security forces imposed a ban on fishing early Monday morning for “security reasons,” according to Al-Mezan center for human rights.

Sources in Gaza told Ma’an that it is likely the ban was imposed after three prisoners escaped from jail on Monday.

Anonymous blogger Elder of Ziyon pointedly notes “the possible reason for the ban implies that people can sneak into and out of Gaza via boat. If so, Hamas’ ‘security reasons’ for the ban is far less compelling than Israel’s security reasons to limit the zone where boats can sail.”

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