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Gaza fisherman dies after Israel shooting

Sept. 29, 2012 10:26 A.M. (Updated: Oct. 1, 2012 1:18 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – A fisherman from the northern Gaza Strip was pronounced dead Friday evening after he succumbed to wounds sustained by Israeli fire near Beit Lahiya.

Spokesman of the ministry of health in the Gaza Strip Ashraf al-Qidra told Ma’an that 22-year-old Fahmi Salah Abu Rayash died of his injuries Friday evening.

He noted that Abu Rayash was shot earlier by Israeli snipers stationed across the borders with the coastal enclave.

Al-Qidra explained that the fisherman was shot in his abdomen and his foot.

The victim’s brother Yousuf, who was with him in the trip, was also shot, but medics said he sustained a minor wound. Both Palestinian brothers were transferred to Kamal Idwan hospital after they came under fire.

Hamas officials said the pair were fishing on the beach when they were wounded, while an Israeli military spokeswoman said the men came right up to the border fence and ignored calls from troops to back away before they were shot at.

Fahmi, whose wounds were initially not thought to be life threatening, was buried on Saturday.

Reuters contributed to this report
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