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Witnesses: Israeli navy detains 4 off Gaza coast

Jan. 17, 2010 10:32 A.M. (Updated: Jan. 18, 2010 2:30 P.M.)
Gaza – Ma’an – The Israeli navy detained four Palestinian fishermen and held two boats off the Rafah coast of the Gaza Strip on Sunday, according to witnesses.

Witnesses say Israeli naval boats approached the fishermen, opened fire, and detained four members of the As-Sa'idi family.

Israeli navy detained four Palestinian fishermen and held two ships off Rafah coast in the south of the Gaza Strip.

Additionally, the Israeli navy dispersed fishermen in Rafah, Khan Younis and the An-Nusseirat Refugee Camp, as Deir Al-Balah saw intensive shooting, witnesses say.

An Israeli military spokesman told Ma'an that the incident occured on Saturday, when three Palestinian fishing boats "illegally crossed over the premitted zone from the shore off Gaza into Egyptian territory."

The fisherman were detained and taken into Israel for questioning, the spokesman added.

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