At approximately 10:00 am on Tuesday 15 January 2013, Israeli naval vessels patrolling the Gaza sea opened fire on Palestinian fishing boats off the coast about four nautical miles away from the shore opposite Wadi Gaza village.According to Al Mezan’s field investigation, the IOF ships surrounded one Palestinian fishing boat, opened fire, and then forced three fishermen to take off their clothes and swim towards them. The IOF confiscated the boat and arrested Mattar Mohammed Baker, 47; Hazim Hamdan Baker, 40; and Mohammed Samer Baker, 20. At approximately 4:00 pm on the same day, the IOF released the fishermen at Erez crossing but continued to hold their boat.
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