Israel restricts Gaza fishing zone after balloons torch southern Israel

IDF cuts down Gaza fishing zone from 15 nautical miles to 10, just one day after they expanded it.

May 23, 2019 06:25
The sun rises as fishermen are seen at the seaport of Gaza City, April 2, 2019

The sun rises as fishermen are seen at the seaport of Gaza City, April 2, 2019. (photo credit: SUHAIB SALEM/REUTERS)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


The IDF announced on Wednesday that it had limited the Gaza fishing zone to 10 nautical miles, one day after it had expanded the space to 15, according to the Coordinator of Government Affairs in the Territories (COGAT).

The change followed violence on the southern border. Some 11 fires were lit in southern Israel by incendiary balloons launched from the Gaza Strip.

The sea of Gaza, one of the few sources of income available to those living under the control of the Hamas terrorist group, is one of the means by which Israel attempts to achieve a balance between security and humanitarian concern.

The allowed fishing zone was reduced to six nautical miles in April after Islamic Jihad fired a missile on Israel.   
The range of 28 nautical miles had not been an option to the fishermen of Gaza since second intifada, which launched in 2000.

Tovah Lazaroff and Anna Ahronheim contributed to this article. 

Related Content

A vial of the measles, mumps, and rubella virus (MMR) vaccine is pictured at the International Commu
June 19, 2019
76% of Israelis think vaccines are safe, global study reveals


Cookie Settings