Egypt jails 5 Palestinian fisherman for crossing into its waters

September 19, 2013 01:03

CAIRO - An Egyptian military court on Wednesday sentenced five Palestinian fishermen to a year in jail for illegally crossing into Egypt's territorial waters, Egyptian security sources said.

"The court had arrested five Palestinians recently for crossing without permits to the Egyptian waters in North Sinai (that borders Israel and the Palestinian Gaza enclave)," one security source said. The source said each of the fishermen was also fined 500 Egyptian pounds ($730).It was not clear when the incident took place, according to another security source in Sinai.

The event comes at a sensitive time after the Egyptian army ousted Islamist President Mohamed Mursi last July. Hamas, the Islamist group that controls the Gaza Strip, is an offshoot of Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood group.

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