Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Israeli navy fire on Gaza fishermen

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli naval boats opened fire on Gaza fishermen in the early morning on Wednesday, near the Rafah coast, witnesses said.

Reports said the fishing vessels sustained significant damage.

Gaza medical spokesman Adham Abu Salmiya confirmed the Israeli navy opened fire against boats off southern Gaza, with no injuries reported.

An Israeli military spokesman confirmed the incident, saying a "Palestinian boat deviated from the fishing limits" and was called on to turn around. When the boat did not turn around the spokesman said naval forces fired warning shots, then fired on the vessel, but did not report injuries.

Israeli gunboats shell Palestinian fishing boats
[ 02/03/2011 - 10:52 AM ]

RAFAH, (PIC)-- A Palestinian fishing boat was destroyed on Tuesday when Israeli navy gunboats shelled a group of boats anchored at the Rafah coast, to the south of the Gaza Strip.
PIC reporter said that the navy vessels fired a number of shells at the fishing boats directly hitting one of them. He added that fire started in the small boat but no casualties were reported.
Israeli gunboats systematically chase Palestinian fishermen and their crude boats on and off the shores of Gaza.

Israeli Navy Fires At Palestinian Fishing Boats

Wednesday March 02, 2011 09:09 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies
Israeli Navy boats opened fire, on Wednesday at dawn, at Palestinian fishing boats near the shore in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. Damage was reported, but no injuries.
Palestinian Fishing Boats - file
Palestinian Fishing Boats - file

Adham Abu Salmiyya, spokesperson of Emergency and Medical Services in Gaza, said that the fishing boats were within Palestinian territorial waters during the attack.

Dozens of Palestinians were killed and wounded after being subject to similar attacks by the Israeli army and Navy as Israel tries to keep the fishermen from practicing their right to fish in Palestinian waters.

In related news, several armored Israeli vehicles, tanks and bulldozers, advanced at least 200 meters into an area close to the border in Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

Military bulldozers uprooted Palestinian farmlands while soldiers opened fire at random, local sources reported.