Shots fired at Israeli Navy during arrest of Palestinian fishermen

A Palestinian fishing ship entered waters deemed illegal by Israel, one man was taken after sustaining injuries.

August 25, 2016 10:47
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Palestinians enjoy the beach along the Mediterranean Sea in the northern Gaza Strip July 24, 2015.

Palestinians enjoy the beach along the Mediterranean Sea in the northern Gaza Strip July 24, 2015. . (photo credit: REUTERS)


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Shots were fired from the shore of a Gaza beach toward an Israeli Navy ship on Thursday during proceedings to arrest a Palestinian fisherman who had breached waters deemed illegal by Israel.

The Israeli forces stopped a fishing boat that had exceeded the permitted area for fishing off the northern coast of the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli Navy ship was then fired upon from a beach in the Gaza Strip after the fishing boat was detained.

Naval security forces called for the suspects to return to the permitted waters and prepared to make arrests. During the arrest one suspect was lightly wounded from the fire emanating from the shore.

The suspect was taken for medical treatment and will be handed over to Israeli security forces for further questioning.

No one was injured and no damage was sustained. The Navy ship distanced itself from the scene.

The second Palestinian suspect returned to the permitted fishing territory with the fishing boat.

In April, the Navy allegedly sunk a Palestinian fishing boat of the coast of the Gaza strip. According to Palestinian reports, the ship was shot several times by an IDF ship, caught fire and sunk.

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