Israel

House of Lords written question – answered on 22nd January 2015.

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Photo of Baroness Tonge Baroness Tonge Independent Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 22 December (HL3625), what precise fishing limits are imposed by the government of Israel off the Gaza coast; and what is the current extent of the Gaza Buffer Zone.

Photo of Baroness Anelay of St Johns Baroness Anelay of St Johns Minister of State

The current Gaza fishing zone limit is six nautical miles, however we have received reports that fishermen have been shot at within this limit.

The Israeli Prime Minister established a 3km Gaza Buffer zone in August 2014. However, the extent of the buffer zone varies. There is a no-go zone of 100m next to the fence.

In November 2014 Egypt expanded their buffer zone with Gaza to 1km.

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