Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Israeli warships fire at Palestinian fishermen near Gaza coast


GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli warships late Monday fired at Palestinian fishermen off the coast of the southern Gaza Strip, fishermen said.

Fishermen told Ma'an Israeli forces fired at them off the coast of Khan Younis. No injuries were reported, but the fishermen said they were forced to sail back to shore.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said the boat had "deviated from its designated fishing zone."

"Israeli navy soldiers called on the boat to stop, but once it failed to comply, they opened fire in its vicinity" and it returned to its designated area.

The incident comes a day after the Israeli military exchanged fire with Palestinian militants on the shore in southern Gaza in a late-night face-off. more

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