Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Israeli Navy detains four fishermen and their boat

Wednesday March 25, 2009 11:37 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies

Palestinian sources in the Gaza Strip reported on Wednesday morning that the Israeli Navy attacked a Palestinian fishing boat, kidnapped the four fishermen who were onboard, and took over the boat, the Quds Net reported.
FIle - Israeli Navy firing shells - Image by Quds Net
FIle - Israeli Navy firing shells - Image by Quds Net

The fishermen, three brothers and a relative were taken to an unknown destination. They were fishing in Palestinian territorial waters near Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.
The boat belongs to Abdullah-Khalid Al Najjar. The kidnapped fishermen were identified as Khalil Abdullah Al Najjar, Yousef Abdullah Al Najjar, and Mohammad Abdullah Al Najjar. The fourth is their relative; he was identified as Ali Hasan Al Najjar.
The Israeli Navy continued its attacks against the fishermen and repeatedly shelled Palestinian fishing boats, wounded and kidnapped dozens of fishermen.
On Monday a young Palestinian fisherman was shot and seriously wounded when the Israeli navy shelled an area in al-Sudaniyya, north-east of Gaza City.
On Tuesday, March 17, one Palestinian civilian was injured when Israeli naval boats opened fire on residents and fishermen who gathered at the beach near the Beit Lahia town.
The Israeli army killed eight Palestinian fishermen in the past twelve months, medical sources reported.
Attacks against Palestinian fishermen were repeatedly carried out by the army even before Israel imposed the siege on Gaza, the sources added.
IOF Detains Four Fishermen in Open Sea in Rafah
At app. 8am on 25 March 2009, IOF gunboats opened fire at a Palestinian fishing boat in open sea in Rafah. Three Israeli boats surrounded the palestinian boat and ordered the fishermen through loudspeakers to take off their clothes and swim towards them. Then, they took them to an nkown destinatios. Those fhishmermen were identifies as:

  • Mohammed Abulah An Najjar, 26

  • Khalil abdullah an najjar, 20

  • Yousif Abdullah An Najjar, 18

  • Ali Hasan an Najjar,18.


Israeli naval crews detain four fishermen; damage boat near Rafah coast
Date: 25 / 03 / 2009 Time: 11:15

Gaza – Ma’an – Israeli naval crews detained four fishermen near the Rafah coast in the southern Gaza early Wednesday morning and transferred them to an unknown location.

Israel gunships approached the fishing boat as it prepared its nets around dawn. The boat was taken after the men were ordered to board the naval vessel.

Last week several fishermen reported having shots fired at their boats in what appears to be an attempt to prevent Gazans from revitalizing the fishing industry following the total collapse during the three-week onslaught.