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Israel scales back Gaza fishing zone after rocket fire

April 30, 2019
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FILE - In this April 3, 2019, file photo, Palestinian fishermen unload their catch after a night fishing trip, in the Gaza Seaport. The Israeli military says it’s scaling back the permitted fishing zone off the Mediterranean coast of Gaza following a rocket attack from the strip the previous day. The military said Tuesday, April 30, 2019 that fishing would only be permitted up to 6 nautical miles — about 11 kilometers — until further notice. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra, File)

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says it’s scaling back the permitted fishing zone off the Mediterranean coast of Gaza following a rocket attack from the strip the previous day.

The military said Tuesday fishing would only be permitted up to 6 nautical miles — about 11 kilometers — until further notice.

Israel last month extended the zone to a maximum of 15 nautical miles, or 28 kilometers, up from the previous limit of 9 nautical miles, or 17 kilometers.

That came amid Egyptian efforts to promote a long-standing cease-fire in Gaza.

Israel typically limits or suspends fishing zones after attacks by Gaza militants. A rocket fired toward Israel on Monday landed on a beach in southern Israel. No one was injured.

Israel says the Islamic Jihad group’s militants were behind the attack.

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FILE - In this April 3, 2019, file photo, Palestinian fishermen unload their catch after a night fishing trip, in the Gaza Seaport. The Israeli military says it’s scaling back the permitted fishing zone off the Mediterranean coast of Gaza following a rocket attack from the strip the previous day. The military said Tuesday, April 30, 2019 that fishing would only be permitted up to 6 nautical miles — about 11 kilometers — until further notice. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra, File)