Hamas reports fisherman killed by IDF fire off Gaza coast

IDF confirms naval vessels fired on fishing boat approaching limits of allowed fishing area after it failed to heed warning shots.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
September 24, 2010 13:02
A Palestinian fisherman is seen at sunrise at the

Palestinian fisherman. (photo credit: AP)

IDF naval vessels fired on a Palestinian boat off the northern Gaza Strip on Friday, killing a fisherman, Hamas officials said according to a Reuters report.

An Israeli military spokeswoman confirmed that a fishing boat approaching the limits of the allowed fishing area was shot at by IDF forces.

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"We fired warning shots to turn them back, and when they did not respond, we fired at the boat," the spokeswoman said. "We are checking the claim that there was a casualty."

Adham Abu Selmeya, a Hamas media official said that a 20-year-old fisherman Mohamed Mansour Baker, arrived dead at Kamal Odwan Hospital in the northern Gaza Strip, according to the Xinhua news agency.

"Baker was shot in the chest by Israeli soldiers, and died on his way to hospital," said Abu Selmeya.


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