The search for a missing Gaza fisherman entered it’s third day on Friday, as Israeli forces reportedly aided in the search for Muhammad Ahmad al-Hassi, 33, who went missing after an encounter with Israeli naval forces, in which locals claimed that the forces purposely attacked and sunk al-Hassi’s boat.
Head of the Gaza Fishermen's Union Nizar Ayyash told Ma'an Friday that Israeli forces were still looking for al-Hassi in the area where the attack took place, as well as in the northern sea areas, considering that the sea current’s direction is to the north.
The incident, which took place late Wednesday night, has sparked anger in the besieged coastal enclave. A sit-in protest was organized on Thursday condemning the “Israeli crime” and demanding an international intervention to protect Gaza fishermen and prosecute Israel for its crimes.
Gazan fishermen, whose numbers are estimated to be around 4,000, have suffered from a near decade-long siege of the Gaza Strip, which limits fishermen to just six nautical miles into the sea in accordance with the ceasefire agreement signed with Palestinian factions in 2014.