Monday, June 22, 2009

Israeli navy seizes fishermen, boats off Gaza shore

Date: 22 / 06 / 2009 Time: 14:10

Gaza – Ma’an – The Israeli navy seized four Gazan fishermen on Monday morning after stopping their boats off the Gaza City coast. They were taken to Israel’s Ashdod port, north of the Gaza Strip.

Head of the Palestinian fishermen’s union Nizar Ayyash told Ma’an that Israeli warships obstructed two fishing boats, taking four fishermen, all members of the As-Sultan family, while they were sailing in the As-Sudaniyya area. He said Israeli navy officers beat the fishermen and also confiscated their boats.

Ayyash identified the detained fishermen as Uday As-Sultan, Saddam As-Sultan, Hasan As-Sultan, and Muhammad As-Sultan.

The Israeli navy prohibits Gazan fishermen from sailing more than three miles from the coast. If fishermen attempt to sail farther, they are pursued, shot at, detained, and often asked to become informers for Israeli intelligence. Under the Oslo peace agreements, Israel is obligated to allow Palestinians to fish as far as 20 nautical miles from Gaza.

Israeli Navy kidnaps four fishermen

Tuesday June 23, 2009 01:34 by IMEMC News
The Israeli Navy kidnapped on Monday four Palestinians fishermen, including two brothers, as they were fishing in Palestinian territorial waters in Gaza.

Israeli Navy firing shells - Reprinted from Palestine Chronicle
Israeli Navy firing shells - Reprinted from Palestine Chronicle

The four were kidnapped when an Israeli Navy gunship attacked their fishing ship. The four were identified as Saddam Abdul-Bari, his Brother Odai, in addition to Hasan Ramadan and Mohammad Al Noury Sultan.

The four were forced into a navy ship and were taken to the Ashdod port.

The attack is among ongoing attacks carried out by the Israeli Navy against Palestinian fishermen as Israel is preventing them from fishing in Palestinian territorial water.

The attacks include shelling fishing boats, chasing the fishermen and kidnapping them.