Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Israeli forces open fire on fishermen, farmers, and level lands in Gaza


A Palestinian was injured after Israeli naval forces on Tuesday opened fire on fishermen, detaining four and confiscating their boats, as Israeli forces also opened fire on farmers and leveled lands elsewhere in the Gaza Strip.

The detained fishermen were identified as Hasan Miqdad, Bashir Abu Riyala, and his brothers Khalid and Rajab, according to Nizar Ayyash, speaker of the union of fisherman in the Gaza Strip.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that two boats diverted from the designated fishing zone off the coast of Gaza City, as the army ordered them to turn back. However, the fishermen continued to sail and Israeli soldiers fired warning shots into the air before detaining the fishermen for questioning.

The spokesperson added that one Palestinian was injured during the incident and evacuated to a hospital.

Since the beginning of 2016, Israeli forces have detained at least 67 fishermen off the coast of the Gaza Strip, with the majority being later released from Israeli custody, according to Al Mezan Center for Human Rights.

The incident comes a day after it was announced that Israeli authorities decided to reduce the allowed fishing zone off the coast of the besieged Gaza Strip only two months after they had extended it. more

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