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For decades, Palestinians have dreamed of having their own port on the Mediterranean, from where they could sail the world. Instead, they are making do with a wooden ship run aground on a Gaza beach, which has become a popular restaurant. After Israel seized Gaza in the 1967 Middle East War, the port was effectively put out of use. In the mid-1990s, under the Oslo Accords, plans were drawn up for a much larger port for Gaza's now 2 million people, but they never came to fruition.The owners once used the vessel for fishing, but Israel's tight restrictions on access to the sea – fishermen can only go out 6 to 9 nautical miles, rather than the 20 miles (32.2 kilometers) agreed under the Oslo Accords – have made the industry unprofitable.
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