GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- A Palestinian boy died Friday afternoon after Israeli gunboats opened fire on his fishing boat and flipped it over off the coast of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.
Gaza medical services spokesman Adham Abu Salmiya said 15-year-old Ziad Samir Al-Bardawil died after being treated for his injuries at the Abu Yousef An-Najjar Hospital.
Israel's military could not immediately be reached for comment.
When contacted by AFP, an Israeli military spokeswoman said that "this incident has not been reported by the Israeli side."
AFP contributed to this report
Palestinian fisherman killed after Israeli troops chased down his boat
|[ 18/12/2010 - 07:45 AM ]|
RAFAH, (PIC)-- A Palestinian fisherman was killed Friday after Israeli naval troops chased down his boat off the coast of the southern Gaza Strip region of Rafah, medics in Gaza said.
The victim Ziad Bardawil died after the troops pursued him and several other fishermen in the Rafah sea, Adham Abu Salmiyya, the medical services spokesman, told the PIC.
Condemning Israel's targeting of Palestinian fisherman, chief agriculture ministry official Ibrahim Al Qudra said Israel has no shame in shooting heavily and daily at fishermen in order to stop them from practicing their profession. Fishermen have been deeply affected by this real threat.
Israel has reduced the distance off shore permitted for fishing from six miles to three miles, Qudra said, adding that fishermen have been subjected to ongoing harassment and provocations.
The Gaza Strip is home to a total of 350 fishermen who own around 700 boats. Around 70,000 Palestinians make their living in the fishing business.
Child Killed As Army Chases Fishing Boats Near Rafah Shore
Saturday December 18, 2010 03:38 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies
A 15-year-old Palestinian child was killed on Friday evening after the Israeli Navy chased a fishing boat close to the Rafah shore, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip; the boat flipped over after the army opened fire at it.
Medical sources in Rafah reported that the slain child was identified as Ziad Samir Al Bardaweel. His body was moved to Abu Yousef Al Najjar Hospital in Rafah.
Dozens of casualties were reported among fishermen in the Gaza Strip in recent years due to the fact that the Israeli Navy repeatedly attacks Palestinian fishermen, and prevents them from fishing in Palestinian territorial waters.