Israel said it had restored the fishing zone off Gaza on Friday and would allow resumed imports for international aid projects after a return to calm around the territory.
The fishing zone, imports and humanitarian blockades are routinely used by Israel to punish or reward Gaza’s Hamas for the security situation.
In light of the security situation… the Gaza Strip fishing zone will be extended from Friday from six to 12 nautical miles,” the Israeli military body responsible for civil affairs in the occupied Palestinian territories, COGAT, said.
From Sunday, the importation of equipment and goods for projects of the international community in Gaza will be allowed back in the world’s largest open air prison concentration camp.
Israel imposed the restrictions last Sunday in response to several fires in border areas caused by incendiary balloons launched from Gaza. It also carried out two air strikes, Palestinian sources said.
Israel, which has imposed a blockade on Gaza for more than a decade, had set the fishing zone for the coastal enclave at 20 nautical miles following the Oslo peace accords in the 1990’s.
But over the years Israel has reduced the size of the Palestinian territories depending on the security situation with Hamas in Gaza.
Asharq Al-Awsat / ABC Flash Point News 2021.