excerpt from PCHR weekly report No. 30/2009 23 - 29 July 2009 published on the 30th of July 2009
Sunday, 26 July 2009
At approximately 21:00, IOF gunboats stationed opposite to Beit Lahia seashore in the northern Gaza Strip opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats. They also fired flash bombs into the air. Palestinian fishermen were forced to sail back to the shore. Two hours later, IOF placed warning signs 500-1000 meters away from the beach, preventing fishing boats from sailing beyond this distance. IOF gunboats opened fire at fishing boats that attempted to sail beyond this distance.