GAZA, June 8, 2011 (WAFA) – Civil Peace Service – Gaza (CPSGAZA) Wednesday launched the international boat, Olivia, to monitor human rights in Gaza waters, according to activist Ruqaia Samrai.

She told WAFA that a group of international and Palestinian activists launched the boat Olivia as the first official mission in Gaza waters to document Israeli violations against Palestinian fishermen.

She said Gaza fishermen “need protection and help to fish and feed their families.” Samrai insisted that the main mission of Olivia is to monitor the Israeli violations, stressing that they will also protect Palestinian fishermen and help them.

CPSGAZA crew, which consists of citizens from Spain, U.S., Italy and Belgium, will accompany Gaza’s fishermen to monitor and document the Israeli violations of international law.

International Olivia boat project was announced April during the Bilin Sixth International Conference for Popular Resistance with support from international and Palestinian organizations.

As part of its five-year-old blockade on the Gaza Strip, Israel restricts fishing rights to Gaza fishermen to only three miles of the 20 miles agreed on in the Oslo accords.

The 4000 fishermen are regularly threatened by Israeli navy gunfire, confiscation of their boats and fishing tools and arrest or even shooting if they go beyond the restricted zone.

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