Dead After Israel Navy Opens Fire at Gaza 'Fishermen'


Israeli naval forces have opened fire on a Palestinian fishing boat off the coast of the besieged Gaza Strip, killing a fisherman and injuring two others.

Islamic Hamas movement's spokesman Abdulatif al-Qanou'a said in an emailed press statement that the Israeli occupation naval forces attack on the fishermen and their boat is an very bad Israeli crime against innocent fishermen. One of the men in the boat was seriously wounded and later died.

In May a year ago, another Palestinian fisherman was shot dead by the gunfire of the Israeli army naval forces in the sea of the Gaza Strip.

The fishermen's union in Gaza said a boat with three fishermen was sacked upon by Israel's military.

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The current six-nautical-mile fishing zone falls drastically short of the twenty nautical miles allocated to Palestinian fishermen in the 1993 Oslo Accords. Subsequently, one of the suspects was severely injured and he later succumbed to his wounds.

Over the past two years, Israel has detained dozens of Gaza fishermen who have strayed beyond the border, a senior naval commander said. "The other two suspects were handed to security forces for interrogation", she said.

Under a ceasefire agreement reached between Israelis and Palestinians following a deadly 50-day Israeli war in August 2014, Tel Aviv agreed to immediately expand the fishing zone off Gaza's coast, allowing Palestinian fishermen to sail as far as six nautical miles off the shore.