GAZA CITY, GAZA — THE SEA OFF THE GAZAN COAST IS AN INHOSPITABLE PLACE. Long stretches of the beach smell like sewage since the wastewater system was damaged by Israeli bombs during the war in 2014. Ninety million liters of raw or partially treated waste gush into the Mediterranean every day.
A little further out the water is even more perilous. Gazan fishermen are only allowed to go up to six nautical miles offshore, and are routinely shot or detained by the Israeli Navy as they go about their work.