Date: 22 / 06 / 2009 Time: 14:10
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.
The Israeli Navy kidnapped on Monday four Palestinians fishermen, including two brothers, as they were fishing in Palestinian territorial waters in Gaza.
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.