Hamas: New naval coast guard unit formed

Hamas' Executive Force on Saturday announced the formation of its new coast guard unit - the Marine Police. Saber Khalifeh, a spokesman for the Executive Force, said the new body will consist of 150 members and soon begin its operations off the coast of the Gaza Strip. He said the new force's main functions will include preventing the smuggling of drugs into Gaza, protecting Gaza's fishermen and maintaining security for Gaza residents on the beach.