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Fisherman killed by Israeli fire off Gaza shore

Sept. 24, 2010 12:06 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 25, 2010 3:29 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The body of a 20-year-old fisherman arrived at a Jabaliya hospital in the Gaza Strip on Friday morning, killed by Israeli gunfire off the northern coast, medics said.

Spokesman for the Kamal Udwan Hospital said the fisherman was identified as Mansour Baker, and that his body was brought to the hospital from the As-Sudanieyah area in northern Gaza.

Adham Abu Selmieyah said Baker had been hit in the chest by gunfire from an Israeli naval ship maintaining the sea blockade on the coastal enclave.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said warships fired warning shots at a fishing boat heading north into Israeli waters, and called on the boat to return to the three-nautical-mile fishing limit.

When the boat failed to return, the spokeswoman said, soldiers fired directly at the vessel. "The boat returned to the permitted area after it was fired on," she said, while a second spokeswoman said the navy had opened an investigation into whether a direct hit had been made on fishermen.

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