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Israeli authorities have reduced the permitted fishing zone off the coast of the besieged Gaza Strip "until further notice," less than a week after lifting a ban on Palestinian fishing boats operating off the coastal enclave. The head of the Fishermen Committees in the Union of Agricultural Work Committees, Zakaria Bakr, told Palestinian Ma'an news agency on Thursday that the fishing zone had been reduced from 12 nautical miles to only five nautical miles. Bakr added that Israeli naval forces prevented Palestinian fishermen from retrieving their fishing nets, which they had cast seven nautical miles off Gaza's coast.