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De facto gov't: 4 fishermen detained by Israeli navy off Gaza coast

Feb. 14, 2010 4:54 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 15, 2010 9:49 A.M.)
Gaza – Ma'an – Israeli naval forces detained four Gazan fishermen off the Sudaniyya coast of northern Gaza, according to Nixar Ayyash, head f the Union of Fishermen in Gaza.

Sources within the de facto government identified those detained as Awad Ramadan Sultan, Fadl Jamal Sultan, Sharif Muhammad Sultan, and Samih Rajab Sultan.

The de facto Ministry of Interior called for the fishermen's immediate release urged international human rights groups to protect Gaza's fishermen.

An Israeli military spokesman said the following: "Earlier today two Palestinian fishing boats crossed into an area not permitted for Palestinian sea vessels. An IDF naval force called on the crew to halt. When the latter failed to comply the boats were lead to the Ashdod port where the crews were taken for security questioning."

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