Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Israeli warship opens fire at Gaza fishermen, injuring 4

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli warships early Wednesday fired at Palestinian fishing boats off the coast of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, injuring four fishermen, witnesses and medics said.

Witnesses told Ma'an the four fishermen were brought to nearby Kamal Udwan Hospital, where medics said they sustained moderate injuries.

Additionally, witnesses said the Israeli navy shelled fishing boats that were docked in the harbor, causing a fire to break out before emergency services arrived to control the fire.

One of the shells it electricity lines, causes a power outage in the area, locals told Ma'an.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said that overnight, "navy soldiers identified Palestinian vessels drifting into Egyptian territorial waters in a suspected smuggling attempt."

When the boats returned to Gaza's territorial waters, soldiers in an Israel navy ship called on them stop, the spokeswoman said. After they did not stop, the Israeli ship fired shots in boats' vicinity, and afterwards at the boats themselves. more