Gazan fisherman missing after collision with IDF navy boat

January 5, 2017 16:34

A Palestinian fisherman is missing after his boat collided with an Israeli Navy ship off of the coast of the northern Gaza Strip late Wednesday night.

According to the army, the navy ship was escorting a Palestinian fishing vessel which had deviated from the designated fishing zone when it collided with a second Palestinian fishing ship.“The second vessel was not visible due to bad weather conditions at sea,” an IDF spokesperson told The Jerusalem Post, adding that IDF forces are currently looking for the man after the ship sank.

According to the Palestinian Ma’an news site, the head of the Gaza fishermen’s union, Nizar Ayyash, said that the Israeli navy ship had “attacked and sunk a boat belonging to Muhammad al-Hissi at around 10:30 p.m. off the coast of Beit Lahiya, and that al-Hissi went missing shortly afterwards.”

An IDF spokesperson told the Post that “the incident is currently being reviewed.”

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