World Bulletin/News Desk
A Palestinian fisherman was seriously injured on Wednesday after Israeli warships opened fire on Palestinian fishing boats off the coast of the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian Health Ministry has said.
Fakher Abu Riyala, a 23-year-old Palestinian fisherman, sustained gunshot wounds after Israeli naval forces fired on the boats, ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qodra told The Anadolu Agency.
Nizar Ayyash, a spokesman for Gaza's fishermen union, said that Abu Riyala had been shot in the head amid "heavy fire" from Israeli naval vessels off the coast near Gaza City.
According to Ayyash, the Israeli army had claimed the fishing boats had exceeded the six miles from the coast in which Palestinian fishermen are allowed by the Israeli navy to operate.
Israeli naval vessels have repeatedly fired on Gazan fishing boats despite an August agreement allowing Palestinian fishermen to ply their trade up to six nautical miles off the coast of the Gaza Strip.
The agreement came as part of a cease-fire deal reached between Israel and Palestinian factions on August 26. The deal ended 51 days of relentless Israeli attacks on the coastal enclave, which saw over 2,160 Palestinians killed – the vast majority of them civilians – and nearly 11,000 injured.
Some 50,000 Gazans earn their living from fishing, according to the Gaza fishermen's union, which has put the fishing sector's combined losses during Israel's recent onslaught at more than $6 million.
Ever since Palestinian faction Hamas – which Israel deems a "terrorist" organization – swept 2006 Palestinian legislative polls, Israel has imposed a tight land and sea blockade on the Gaza Strip.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 03 Aralık 2014, 15:09