Israeli forces injure Palestinian, fire on Gaza fishermen

Israeli forces stormed Askar refugee camp and fired live ammunition, rubber bullets and teargas to disperse stone-throwing Palestinians

Israeli forces injure Palestinian, fire on Gaza fishermen

World Bulletin/News Desk

A Palestinian youth was injured Thursday in clashes with Israeli army forces in the West Bank city of Nablus, eyewitnesses have said.

Israeli forces stormed Askar refugee camp early Thursday and fired live ammunition, rubber bullets and teargas to disperse stone-throwing Palestinians, an eyewitness told The Anadolu Agency.

A 25-year-old youth was injured and several others suffered temporary asphyxiations, according to witnesses.

There has been no comment from the Israeli army on the report.

Israel routinely conducts overnight arrest campaigns against Palestinians in East Jerusalem and elsewhere in the occupied West Bank.

Meanwhile, Israeli naval forces on Thursday opened fire on Palestinian fishing boats off the coast of the Gaza Strip, a spokesman for Gaza's fishermen said.

"Israeli gunboats fired on the boats off the Gaza's northern coast," Nizar Ayyash, head of Gaza's Palestinian Fishermen's Union, told The Anadolu Agency.

No casualties were reported.

The boats, however, sustained damage from the Israeli shooting, according to Ayyash, who also said the Israeli army claimed that the boats had crossed the six nautical miles off the coast allowed by the Israeli navy for Gaza's fishermen.

Earlier this week, the Israel's navy detained 12 Palestinian fishermen off the Gaza Strip's coast, citing the same claim.

The Israeli navy routinely shoots at Palestinian fishing boats under the pretext that they go beyond fishing space specified for them, Ayyash said, noting that Israeli attacks usually sabotage the business of Palestinian fishermen.

In late August, Israel allowed Palestinian fishermen to ply their trade up to six nautical miles off the coast of the Gaza Strip – as opposed to three miles previously.

A cease-fire reached between Israel and Palestinian factions on August 26 ended 51 days of relentless Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, which killed over 2,160 Palestinians.

According to Ayyash, some 50,000 Gazans earn their living from the fishing business.

He estimated their combined losses during Israel's recent war at more than $6 million.

Ever since Hamas – which Israel deems a "terrorist" organization – won the 2006 legislative polls, Israel has imposed a tight land and sea blockade on the Gaza Strip.  

 

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