Days of Palestine

Sunday, February 5

Israeli navy kills Palestinian fisherman, injures 2 others

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Israeli occupation navy shot dead on Sunday evening Palestinian fishermen, wounded two others while fishing off the Gaza coast, Palestinian and Israeli sources said.

Head of Syndicate of Palestinian Fishermen Nizar Ayyash said that the three fishermen were aboard of a fishing boat and they were in their way back to the port when the Israeli occupation gunboats opened fire at them.

“All of them were directly targeted,” he said, noting that all of them, including the one who was killed, were abducted by the Israeli occupation navy.

While he did not know the reason why the Israeli occupation navy had opened fire at them, Ayyash stressed that they did not cross the fishing limit defined by the Israeli occupation.

Ayyash identified the three fishermen as Mahmoud Adel abu-Riyaleh, Ahed Hassan abu-Riyaleh and Ismail Saleh abu-Riyaleh.

Meanwhile, an Israeli source claimed that the Israeli occupation navy opened fire at the boat of the three fishermen after “violating” the fishing limits.

“The Israeli navy opened fire at the body of the boat, but they were wounded and one of them suffered serious injuries and passed away later on,” the Israeli source said.

According to the source, the two wounded fishermen were turned to prison in order to be investigated.

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) has said that all Israeli attacks on Palestinian fishermen have taken place within the distance of six nautical miles, which it said “proves that Israeli forces' policies aim to tighten restrictions on the Gaza Strip's fishermen and their livelihoods.”