Saturday, February 13, 2010

Egyptian navy arrests 4 Palestinian fishermen off Rafah's shore

Gaza – Ma'an – Egyptian naval forces arrested four Palestinian fishermen Friday night, trawling for a late night catch on the Gaza shore south of Rafah, witnesses said.

The men were taken to an unknown location and remain out of contact with family, sources confirmed.

Witnesses identified the men taken as Khalid Al- Hesi, Marwan Al-Se’eidi, Khader Murad and Fathi Ar-Reba’i.

The reasons behind their detentions remain unclear.

Agriculture ministry condemns Egyptian arrest of Palestinian fishermen
[ 13/02/2010 - 02:38 PM ]

GAZA, (PIC)-- The Palestinian agriculture ministry has expressed dismay at the Egyptian detention of four Palestinian fishermen in which it described as a "serious precedent".
The ministry in a press release on Saturday said that four fishermen were aboard two small finishing boats on Friday evening when they were kidnapped by the Egyptian authorities while fishing at sea south of the Gaza Strip.
It said that Palestinian fishermen are facing dangers in their sole source of sustenance.
The ministry regretted that the Palestinian fishermen are now being targeted by both the Israelis and Egyptians.
It urged the Egyptian authority to halt such persecution of Palestinian fisherman, and called on concerned Egyptian professional syndicates to denounce the practices and to intervene to stop them.