Israel injures, detains fishermen off Gaza coast

"Israeli gunboats opened fire on Palestinian fishing boats, leaving one fisherman injured," Nizar Ayyash told The Anadolu Agency.

Israel injures, detains fishermen off Gaza coast

World Bulletin / News Desk

A Palestinian fishermen was injured on Saturday when Israeli naval forces opened fire on fishing boats off the coast of the Gaza Strip, head of the Gaza fishermen's union has said.

"Israeli gunboats opened fire on Palestinian fishing boats, leaving one fisherman injured," Nizar Ayyash told The Anadolu Agency.

Two fishermen were also detained by Israeli forces, he said.

Ayyash said the Israeli army claimed the boats had gone beyond the six nautical miles from the coast allowed by the Israeli navy.

The Israeli army has yet to comment on the fishermen's assertions.

The Israeli navy routinely opens fire on Palestinian fishing boats on the pretext that they are fishing in unauthorized waters.

Last summer, Israel allowed Palestinian fishermen to ply their trade up to six nautical miles off the Gaza coast – as opposed to three miles previously.

A cease-fire reached in August between Israel and Palestinian factions ended 51 days of relentless Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, which killed over 2,160 Palestinians, mostly civilians.

Ever since Hamas – which Israel deems a "terrorist" organization – won 2006 Palestinian legislative polls, the self-proclaimed Jewish state has imposed a tight land and sea blockade on the coastal strip.

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