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Gaza fishing boats

Barely three days after shrinking it, IDF Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) – Major General Kamil Abu Rokon – reversed course Saturday night and announced the expansion of the Gaza fishing zone, again, to 15 nautical miles.

“This step is part of the civilian policy to prevent humanitarian deterioration in the Gaza Strip and out of a policy that distinguishes between terrorism and the uninvolved population,” Abu Rokon said.

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“The implementation of the move is conditional on the fishermen in Gaza honoring the agreements. It should be emphasized that it will not be possible to deviate from the ranges that were agreed upon, and any deviation will be handled accordingly by the security forces, he said.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.