Israeli Navy Injures Fishermen in Gunfire Attack off Gaza Shore

GAZA, June 2, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli naval boats Tuesday opened gunfire towards Palestinian fishermen in their fishing boats sailing offshore Gaza City, injuring at least three of them, according to witnesses.

WAFA correspondent said the three fishermen were transferred to Shefa hospital in Gaza, where their medical condition was described as moderate.

Almost on a daily basis, Israeli naval boats open fire on Palestinian fishermen sailing offshore the coasts of the besieged Gaza Strip, a blatant violation of a ceasefire deal reached between Hamas and Israel following hostilities in the summer of 2014.

The ceasefire deal stipulated that Israel would immediately ease the blockade imposed on the strip and expand the fishing zone off Gaza’s coast, allowing fishermen to sail as far as six nautical miles from shore, and would continue to expand the area gradually.

In March alone, there were a total of 35 incidents of shootings, incursions into the coastal enclave, and arrests, according to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights. The shootings left 10 injured, including three minors, said the center.

On May 25, two Palestinian fishermen were injured in two separate attacks by Israeli navy targeting Palestinian fishing boats in Gaza territorial waters.

Mohammad Bakr, 26, was injured when his boat came under fire by Israeli navy boat near the northern Gaza shoreline. He sustained moderate wounds and was moved to hospital.

Few hours later Imad Bakr was injured by Israeli navy gunfire at the same location, local sources reported.