Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Israel navy detains 2 Gaza fishermen off coast of Beit Lahiya


GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained two Palestinian fishermen off the coast of the Gaza Strip early Wednesday, an employee of a Gaza-based human rights organization told Ma'an.

Israeli warships obstructed Muhammad Zayid and Mousa al-Sultan while they were fishing off the coast of Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip before arresting them and confiscating their boat, the employee said, requesting anonymity.

The Israeli forces took the two men to an unknown location, he added.

He noted that the Israeli navy had in two instances fired at Gaza fishermen on Tuesday under the pretext that they had surpassed fishing zone limits.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said the fishermen "entered the prohibited fishing zone" near the northern Gaza Strip, and that soldiers told the fishermen to back away, fired warning shots into the air, and then "transferred the suspects" to an interrogation center. more

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