Israel Reimposes Gaza Fishing Limits After Islamic Jihad Fires Rocket

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Palestinian fishermen are seen off the coast in the port of Gaza City. (Abed Rahim Khatib /Flash90)

Israel has again imposed limits on the range Gaza fishing boats can sail off the coast. The new restriction came after Islamic Jihad terrorists fired a rocket at Israel Monday night. The rocket veered off course into the Mediterranean, but the IDF said in a statement that the terror group’s intent was clear. The range for fishing boats is now back to 6 miles off the shore of Gaza, reduced from 15. The IDF said that it considered Hamas responsible for all activities in Gaza, and would respond with full force to any attack.

Overnight Monday, IDF troops, along with Border Police and Israeli Police forces uncovered a lathe used to manufacture grenades and explosive devices in the village of Beit Ur al-Tahta, west of Ramallah.

In addition, during IDF searches to locate illegal weapons in the village of Thulth, southwest of Shechem, the troops seized an M-16 assault rifle. The weapons were transferred to security forces. The IDF said in a statement that it will continue to operate as part of the effort to locate illegal weapons and to ensure the safety of residents in the area.

Overnight Monday, security officials said they arrested eight wanted security suspects in other areas in Yehudah and Shomron. The suspects were wanted for participating in rioting and throwing stones and firebombs that endangered Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers. Several of the suspects were also charged with belonging to Hamas. All were being questioned on their activities by security forces.