Saturday, 18 April 2015

Israeli navy opens fire on fishing boats in Gaza

Israeli Navy ships opened fire, on Saturday morning, on a number of Palestinian fishing boats in Gaza territorial waters, causing damage but no injuries.

Eyewitnesses said the navy fired dozens of rounds of live ammunition on the boats and near them, causing excessive damage to a number of boats.

They added that the boats were close to the shore, within the six nautical miles allotted for the Palestinians to use.

There have been dozens of similar Israeli attacks, and violations, against the fishers in Gaza waters, and even while on shore, an issue that caused several casualties, including fatalities, and dozens of arrests, in addition to property damage. more

Qassam fighter killed by bullet 'on duty'

The al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Hamas movement, said Saturday that a fighter was killed while on duty.

The brigades said in a statement that Nafeth Said al-Mughni from Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip was killed after being hit with a bullet in an accident, but did not give further details surrounding his death.

Training by the al-Qassam Brigades has continued since the end of last summer's war between Israel and Palestinian militant groups.

In March, the group's official website reported that it had rebuilt a number of military bases near the Israeli border in the Gaza Strip, and asserted that it had recovered from Israel's summer offensive and was "not afraid" of confronting the occupation again.

Israel's alleged objective in the summer offensive had been to end rocket fire from Gaza, which Hamas said came in response to Israel's continued occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. more