Photo credit: Mohamed El-Reefi
Date taken: January 16, 2013
Location: Gaza City, Gaza Strip, Palestine
A fisherman rests and inspects his leg before leaving the Gaza City’s mina, or port.
The fishing industry had been relatively lucrative before Israel’s blockade on Gaza. After Israel limited Gazan fishermen and fisherwomen to just 3 nautical miles, it became difficult to catch enough fish to make a profit or even to afford gasoline for the motor at the back of their small boats. Worse, Palestinian fishermen and fisherwomen have been shot at, flooded, and their boats capsized by the Israeli Navy. But fish remains a staple part of Gaza’s cuisine, even if the fish markets aren’t as busy as they once were.