Israel announced that it will reduce the Gaza Strip’s fishing zone from 15 to 6 nautical miles after it said a rocket was fired from the Palestinian territory. Israel blames the Islamic Jihad group for the attack, but the Gaza-based organization denied responsibility. Either way, the livelihoods of some 4,000 fishermen and 1,500 merchants will likely be affected as the holy month of Ramadan begins Sunday.
Could the conflict get worse? Some Israeli rights groups argue that reducing the fishing zone amounts to collective punishment, which risks making residents more desperate and spurring more conflict.
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