Alam Ghanem Baker, in his 20s, was treated for a bullet wound sustained while fishing off the northern coast near Gaza City, Gaza Health Ministry director of emergency and ambulance services Muawiya Hassanein said.
Witnesses said the navy also opened fire along the southern coast, where a shell landed on a beach west of Rafah. There were no reports of injury or damage in that incident.
An Israeli military spokeswoman said the army was not familiar with either incident.
Gaza's once-thriving fishing industry has withered away as naval forces restrict fishing boats to three nautical miles from the coast, a Red Cross report released in June said. With the total catch down 47 percent between 2008 and 2009, much of the fish entering Gaza now arrives from Israel and via tunnels, the report said.
Israeli armed boats shell fishing boats in Rafah, 1 injured
Gaza, July 5, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) - Israeli armed boats shelled today at Palestinian fishing boats in Rafah waters, local sources reported..Witnesses said that Israeli armed boats shelled Palestinian fishing boats by ten shells on Rafah, south of Gaza Strip, no injuries were reported.
In Gaza water, Israeli armed boats opened fire at Gazan fishermen which injured Alam Baker while he was finishing.
The Director of Emergency Services at Al-Shefa Hospital, Dr. Muawiya Hassanein, said that the injured fisherman was transferred to Al-Shefa Hospital in Gaza city to receive medication.
Israeli gunboats stationed in the waters of Gaza target Palestinian fishing boats on a daily basis, claiming that they sail beyond the allowed distance of three miles.
Israeli Gun Boats Open Fire on the Gaza Beach; One Person Injured
At app. 10:40am on Monday 5 July 2010, Israeli naval vessel that patrol the sea opened fire on the Gaza beach near the harbor. As a result, 'Allam Nasar Bakir, 15, who was playing near the beach, was shot in the abdomen by two bullets. According to medical sources at Shifa Hospital, his injuries are described as moderate.