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Israeli forces shoot, injure Palestinian fisherman in northern Gaza

Sept. 19, 2016 10:22 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 20, 2016 10:57 A.M.)
GAZA (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats off the coast of the village of Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip on Monday evening, shooting and injuring 30-year-old Ahmad Zayid, local sources said.

Sources told Ma'an that Zayid was shot in the abdomen with live fire and taken to the Indonesian Hospital in the northern Gaza Strip, where he was reported to be in moderate condition.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an she would look into reports on the incident.

Israeli military incursions inside the besieged Gaza Strip and near the “buffer zone" which lies on both land and sea sides of Gaza, have long been a near-daily occurrence.

Palestinians who work near the “buffer zone” between the Palestinian enclave and Israel often come under fire from military forces, as the Israeli military has not made clear the precise area of the designated zone.

The Israeli army regularly open fires on Palestinian fishermen and farmers along the border areas, despite a ceasefire agreement that ended the 2014 war.

The practice has in effect destroyed much of the agricultural and fishing sectors of the blockaded coastal enclave.

According to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), Israeli naval forces opened fire on Palestinian fishermen at least 139 times over the course of 2015, wounding 24 and damaging 16 fishing boats.

"These attacks occurred in a time where the fishers did not pose any threat to the Israeli naval troops, as they were doing their job to secure a living," PCHR said.
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