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Israeli navy fires on Palestinian fishing boat, causing damage but no injuries

Sept. 11, 2008 3:25 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 11, 2008 3:25 P.M.)
Gaza - Ma'an - Israeli gunboats opened fire on a Palestinian fishing boat in the Mediterranean Sea on Wednesday night, causing 70,000 dollars of damage but no injuries, fishermen in Gaza said on Thursday.

Murad Al-Hessi, the boat's owner, said the eight people on board the boat were rescued by nearby fishing vessels.

The head of the fishermen's professional association, Muhammad Al-Assi, held a press conference in front of the destroyed boat, which is now docked in Gaza, to condemn the Israeli attack.

Al-Assi urged Arab states in particular to wake up to the severe conditions faced by Gazan fishermen. He said that Israel's blockade of Gaza has harmed the fishing industry. In addition to the physical danger posed by the Israeli navy, Gazan fishermen lack adequate fuel and other supplies do to the closure of Gaza's borders.

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