Thursday, September 30, 2010

PCHR weekly report 23/9 - 29/9/2010: 1 fisherman killed by IOF fire

 extracts from PCHR weekly report 23/9 - 29/9/2010:

Friday, 24 September 2010 

In a new crime committed against Palestinian civilians, in the morning, IOF killed a Palestinian fisherman while fishing with his cousins opposite to al-Sudaniya beach in the northern Gaza City.  It should be noted that Israeli gunboats daily chase Palestinian fishermen in the sea and threaten their sources of livelihood through continuously firing at their boats, detaining them and confiscating their fishing tools. 

According to investigations conducted by PCHR and the testimony of a fisherman, who was on the boat, at approximately 09:00 on Friday, 24 September 2010, Mohammed Mansour Bakr, 20, and three of his cousins sailed on a boat belonging to their family opposite to al-Sudaniya beach, north of Gaza City, for fishing. While they were 2,000 meters way from the beach and a similar distance from the naval border, an Israeli gunboat approached at a distance of 100 meters and started heavily firing at the fishing boat without any reason or warning. Mohammed was shot by a bullet to the right side. He fell inside the boat and was bleeding amidst screams of his cousins requesting Israeli soldiers to stop fire, as Mohammed was wounded. However, the Israeli soldiers continued to fire. Approximately 10:00 minutes later, IOF retreated, the Bakrs were able to reach the beach, and transported their cousin to Kamal Nasser Hospital in Beit Lahia, but he passed away.