May 15, 2017 4:34 P.M. (Updated: May 16, 2017 1:07 P.M.)
Muhammad Majid Bakr.
) -- A Palestinian fisherman who was shot and injured by Israeli
forces off the coast of the besieged Gaza Strip earlier on Monday
succumbed to his wounds while hospitalized in Israel, a local NGO
According to the al-Mezan Center for
Human Rights, Muhammad Majid Bakr, a 23-year-old resident from the
al-Shati refugee camp, was shot by Israeli naval forces at around 8:30
a.m. on Monday morning while fishing off the coast of Gaza with his
brother Umran Majid Bakr.
al-Mezan that Bakr had been shot in the chest, and was still bleeding
when Israeli naval ships surrounded their fishing boat and detained
The Palestinian liaison office officially confirmed Bakr's death on Monday afternoon.
Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an that a Palestinian fishing vessel
"deviated from the designated fishing zone" in the early morning hours
on Monday. As the fishing boat reportedly continued to advance further
into sea after Israeli forces fired shots into the air, the spokesperson
said, Israeli soldiers shot at the boat.
spokesperson confirmed that one fisherman was injured and was declared
dead once taken to a hospital in the Israeli city of Ashkelon, adding
that the case was "under review" by the army.
spokesperson for the Barzilai hospital, where Bakr was taken by Israeli
forces for treatment, did not immediately respond to a request for
Earlier on Monday
Ma’an reported that at least six Palestinian fishermen had been
detained off the coast of Gaza between Sunday and Monday, including
three from al-Shati, although Muhammad Majid Bakr had not been
identified as being among them.
Israeli army regularly detains and opens fire on unarmed Palestinian
fishermen, shepherds, and farmers along the border areas if they
approach the unilaterally declared buffer zone.
part of Israel's blockade of the coastal enclave since 2007,
Palestinian fishermen have been required to work within a limited
"designated fishing zone," the exact limits of which are decided by the
Israeli authorities and have historically fluctuated.
has reported that since the beginning of the year, Israel has seized
five fishing boats, detained 14 Palestinian fishermen, shot and injured
four, and killed one other fisherman,
who drowned after Israeli forces sunk his boat.
to Ma'an documentation, Bakr is one of at least 22 Palestinians to have
been killed by Israeli forces since the beginning of 2017, three of
whom were killed in the besieged Gaza Strip.