Israel announces Gaza fishing zone extension – Hamas terror group, Israel deny ceasefire

Israel announces Gaza fishing zone extension - Hamas terror group, Israel deny ceasefire

Head of the IDF’s Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), Major General Kamil Abu Rukun, announced this morning that the fishing zone in Gaza has been expanded to 15 nautical miles.

“This measure is part of the civilian policy of preventing the deterioration of humanitarian conditions in the Gaza Strip and is consistent with the policy of distinguishing between terrorists and the civilian population”, the COGAT said in a statement.

“The implementation of the measure 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 added.

Early on Monday, Israel’s Channel 12 announced that Israel and Hamas terror group had agreed to a six-month ceasefire in Gaza.

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Reports later in the evening threw the deal into doubt, with Arab reporters saying it was “fake news” and some Israeli members of the coalition saying that the deal was a “treaty of surrender” and “not worth the paper on which they are signed.”

On Tuesday morning, Israel and Hamas denied reports that a Gaza ceasefire understanding had been reached.