Thursday, April 9, 2009

PCHR report (2-8/4/2009): 10 fishermen arrested

extract from PCHR weekly report No. 14/2009 02 - 08 April 2009

IOF arrested 52 Palestinian civilians, including 8 children, in the West Bank and 10 fishers in the Gaza Strip.

Monday, 06 April 2009

At approximately 06:30, IOF gunboats besieged at least 30 fishing boats were fishing northwest of Beit Lahia town in the northern Gaza Strip. There were 69 Palestinian fishers on board at the time. The IOF gunboats opened fire at the fishing boats, most of which were able to flee to the beach. IOF gunboats held three fishing boats and took them to a harbor outside the Gaza Strip. Two IOF gunboats chased a fishing boat to the west of Jabalya town and forced it to sail towards the same harbor. IOF naval troops forced the fishers to take their clothes off and jump into the water and an IOF gunboat then took them to Ashdod Harbor, nearly 40 kilometers away from the Gaza Strip. Eight of those fishermen were identified as:

1. Waheeb Jom'a al-Sultan, 22;

2. Mohammed Jom'a al-Sultan, 17;

3. Nasser Mohammed Zayed, 40;

4. Ref'at Zayed Zayed, 19;

5. Safwat Zayed Zayed, 30;

6. Hafeez As'ad al-Sultan, 22;

7. Tariq Kamel al-Sultan, 17; and

8. Hafez As'ad al-Sultan, 24.