Thursday, June 2, 2011

Gaza fishermen: Israeli navy hit skiff, 1 injured

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Gaza fishermen said one skiff was hit and sunk Wednesday night by an Israeli naval boat off the Rafah coast.

Fisherman Ahmad Abu Salmiyeh, 20, was injured after sinking with his boat following the collision, which took place near Tal As-Sultan in the southern Gaza Strip, his colleagues told Ma'an.

A group of fellow fishers rushed out to rescue him, Ma'an's correspondent reported.

An Israeli military spokesman said the army was not familiar with the incident, and denied that the navy sank a boat or caused injuries.

Israeli military ships patrol Gaza's Mediterranean shore, enforcing a 3-mile fishing limit and blockade on the strip, with fishermen reporting fire, boat confiscations and detentions by the navy.

Israeli gunboat chases Palestinian fishing boat
[ 02/06/2011 - 09:01 AM ]

RAFAH, (PIC)-- An Israeli gunboat attacked a Palestinian fishing boat off the Rafah coast, south of the Gaza Strip, on Wednesday evening, local sources said.
They added that the Palestinian fishing boat capsized and that a 20-year-old fisherman on board had almost drowned as a result.
The sources said that the 20-year-old fishermen Ahmed Abu Salima was saved by a number of other fishermen at sea.