Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Gaza residents: Israeli forces shoot, injure 1, detain 4 fishermen


GAZA CITY (Ma'an) – Israeli forces continued near-daily incursions into the Gaza Strip Wednesday morning, shooting and injuring one east of Khan Younis and detaining four fishermen off the coast of Gaza City.

Residents of the village of Khuzaa east of Khan Younis said that forces in Israeli watchtowers across the borders with Gaza opened fire at a Palestinian farmer because he came close to the border fence.

The 22-year-old man was in a moderate condition after being shot in the stomach, Gaza health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra told AFP.

An Israeli army spokeswoman did not have immediate information on the shooting.

Separately, Israeli naval forces detained four Gazan fishermen off the coast of Gaza City after obstructing and confiscating their boat, fishermen told Ma'an.

An Israeli army spokeswoman told Ma'an that two fishing vessels deviated from the designated fishing zone Wednesday morning. When the vessels failed to respond to warning shots fired into the air by Israeli naval forces, the forces escorted the vessels back to the shore, she added.

Noting multiple alleged attempts of weapons smuggling via boat into the Gaza Strip in recent months, the spokeswoman emphasized that every deviation from the designated zone is considered a security threat. more

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