Friday, September 4, 2009

PCHR weekly report 27/8 - 2/9/2009: 1 Palestinian fishermen KILLED several injured, fishing boats destroyed or damaged

excerpt from PCHR weekly report: No. 35/2009 27/8 - 2/9/2009

Fire breaking out in a Palestinian fishing boat as it was fired at by the Israeli gunboats near Gaza

Thursday, 27 August 2009

At approximately 13:20, IOF gunboats stationed opposite to Beit Lahia town in the northern Gaza Strip fired a shell at a number of Palestinian fishers who were swimming and fishing nearly 700 meters away from the beach. As a result, Mohammed Nadi Saleh al-'Attar, 25, from Beit Lahia, died after being decapitated. Additionally, Salem Mahmoud al-'Attar, 24, who was near the victim, suffered from shock.

Monday, 31 August 2009

At approximately 08:15, IOF gunboats stationed opposite to Beit Lahia beach in the northern Gaza Strip opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats which sailed beyond the limit specified by IOF. As a result, fire broke out in a fishing boat belonging to the al-Habeel famil, from al-Shati refugee camp in the west of Gaza City. Fishermen on the boat were lightly injured as they jumped into water when fire broke out in the boat. IOF gunboats attempted to extinguish fire, but they could not. They then allowed other Palestinian fishing boats to pull the affected boat towards the beach, where the fire was extinguished by Palestinian civil defense crews. Additionally, a fishing boat belonging to 'Abdul Mo'ti al-Habeel was damaged.