Gaza, 18 Jumadal Awwal 1436/9 March 2015 (MINA) – Senior Palestinian trade unionist Sami al-Ammasi has called on Palestinian resistance factions to reconsider the calm agreement with Israel in light of its continued breaches.
Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions along with General Union of Fishermen mourned the Palestinian fisherman, Tawfiq Abu Riyalah, who died Saturday noon due to injuries he sustained since the early morning hours at the hands of Israeli navy forces when they opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats in Gaza sea, Palestinian Information Center (PIC) quoted by Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA) as reporting, Monday (9/3).
The head of the General Federation Sami al-Ammasi condemned, in a statement on Sunday, arresting two fishermen who accompanied Abu Riyalah and confiscating their boat.
Ammasi called on the Palestinian factions to seriously reassess the calm agreement with Israel in light of the daily threats to lives of Palestinian fishermen off the Gaza coast. He pointed out that the IOF arrested 42 fishermen and destroyed 21 boats since the end of last summer’s Israeli aggression on Gaza.
He also condemned firing at the Gazan fishing boats off the coasts of Nusairat, Sudaniyah, and Khan Younis. “The IOF daily targets fishermen in order to send a message that Gaza sea is not safe and fishing off its coast is very risky”, he said.
Ammasi called on human rights organizations to expose the Israeli aggressive practices against Palestinian fishermen in Gaza. (T/P006/P3)
Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)