Thursday, November 29, 2012

Israeli Gunboats Open Fire and Arrest Six Fishermen in North Gaza District

Al Mezan


On Thursday 29 November 2012, Israeli naval vessels patrolling the Gaza sea opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats off the coast opposite Al Waha resort, northwest of Beit Lahiya, North Gaza.  According to Al Mezan’s field investigation, the IOF ships surrounded one Palestinian fishing boat, opened fire at it, before they forced six fishermen to take off their clothes and swim towards them. Al Mezan has identified the names of fishermen as follows:
  • Ihab Jawad Baker, 36;
  • Mohammed Ziyad Baker, 32;
  • Ali Alaa’ Baker, 18;
  • Fahed Ziyad Baker, 38;
  • His sons Ziyad, 18; and Na’em 16.
Two hours later, the IOF released all detained fishermen and returned their boat to them after they had been damaged. In their affidavits to Al Mezan, fishermen in the area who witnessed the incident stated that the arrested fishermen were still within six nautical miles’ distance which they have been allowed to fish in following the last ceasefire agreement.

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