Sunday, February 12, 2012

IOF Arrests Two Fishermen and Confiscates Their Boat and Fishing Nets in North Gaza District

Al Mezan

At approximately 5:40 pm on Sunday 12 February 2012, Israeli naval vessels patrolling the Gaza sea opened fire on Palestinian fishing boats off the coast north of Al Waha resort, in the As-Sudaniya area in the west of Beit Lahiya, North Gaza district.  A number of Israeli naval vessels then approached the Palestinian fishing boats and surrounded them.  The IOF ordered two fishermen on the boats to take off their clothes and swim towards the Israeli vessels.  The IOF then took the men and their boat and fishing nets northwards, presumably towards Ashdod harbor.  Al Mezan has identified the two detained as follows:

·         Adham Mahmoud Abu Riyalah, 22; and
·         His brother Mohammed, 14.

At approximately 1:30 am the following day the IOF released the two brothers.  The boat and the fishing nets were still impounded as of publication of this news item at 2:14 pm on Monday 13 February 2012.

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