IDF fires on suspects who approached Gaza fence
In unrelated incident, boat strays into waters banned to traffic as part of Gaza security blockade; navy fires warning shot.
Gaza Border Fence Photo: Marc Israel Sellem
The IDF fired on Palestinian suspects who approached the Gaza-Israel border on
“We initiated the stop-suspect procedure, calling out for them to
stop. Verbal warnings were ignored,” the IDF Spokesman’s Office
Shots were then fired at the suspects’ legs, and two men were
believed to have been hit.
The incident occurred on the border between
northern Gaza and Israel.
On Saturday, Palestinian sources said the
injured man died of his injuries.
In an unrelated incident, a boat left
the central Gazan coast shortly after midnight on Saturday morning and strayed
into waters that are banned to traffic as part of the security blockade on the
An Israel Navy boat fired warning shots that struck the water
near the Palestinian vessel, which was not hit and turned around without
incident, the IDF Spokesman’s Office added.
Palestinian health officials,
however, claimed Saturday that a fisherman was wounded by the IDF and later
succumbed to his wounds.
The alleged victim was accompanied by his
brother, who was also reportedly shot and sustained minor injuries, the Ma’an
news agency reported.
Ma’an quoted Gaza officials as saying 22-year-old
Fahmi Salah Abu Rayash was shot in his abdomen and his foot, and later died at
Kamal Adwan Hospital in northern Gaza. Health officials originally said one of
the brothers was shot in the foot, and the other in the hand, according to
A security source said that no one was injured in the boat
incident, adding that Palestinian sources appeared to have conflated the two