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Israel further restricts Gaza fishing zone after arson balloon attacks

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Fishing boats in the Gaza City port, June 25, 2019. (Hassan Jedi/Flash90)
Fishing boats in the Gaza City port, June 25, 2019. (Hassan Jedi/Flash90)

Israel restricts Gaza’s permitted fishing zone by half, after terrorists in the Strip launched balloon-borne incendiary devices into Israel, sparking a number of fires over the course of Sunday, Israel’s military liaison to the Palestinians says.

Beginning immediately, Palestinian fisherman will only be able to operate within six nautical miles of the shore — down from 12 nautical miles — until further notice, according to the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT).

“This follows the launching of incendiary balloons from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory, which is a violation of Israeli sovereignty,” the Defense Ministry body says.

COGAT says the attacks are ultimately the responsibility of the Hamas terror group, which rules the Strip.

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