Photo Credit: Abed Rahim Khatib / Flash 90
A Gaza fisherman walks on the beach near the sea in Khan Younis on March 10, 2019.

The IDF has once again reduced the Gaza fishing zone in response to arson balloon attacks on southern Israel led by the enclave’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization, generously backed by Iran.

The Coordinator for Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) which functions as a liaison with Gazans said in a statement the zone would be reduced by five nautical miles.

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“A decision was made tonight to restrict the fishing zone off the Gaza Strip to 10 nautical miles (18.5 kilometers) until further notice,” the COGAT said. “The decision was made subsequent to the dispatch of incendiary balloons from the Gaza Strip toward Israel.”

This is not the first dance of the fishing zone between COGAT and Hamas, nor the second, third or fourth, and it’s questionable whether the restriction is really effective in convincing the terrorists that ‘crime doesn’t pay.’

For the time being although rank-and-file Gazans may be facing a “humanitarian crisis” their terrorist leaders are eating very well.

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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.