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Israeli navy fire on Gaza fishermen

March 2, 2011 8:47 P.M. (Updated: March 3, 2011 2:24 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli naval boats opened fire on Gaza fishermen in the early morning on Wednesday, near the Rafah coast, witnesses said.

Reports said the fishing vessels sustained significant damage.

Gaza medical spokesman Adham Abu Salmiya confirmed the Israeli navy opened fire against boats off southern Gaza, with no injuries reported.

An Israeli military spokesman confirmed the incident, saying a "Palestinian boat deviated from the fishing limits" and was called on to turn around. When the boat did not turn around the spokesman said naval forces fired warning shots, then fired on the vessel, but did not report injuries.

Also Wednesday, residents reported that three Israeli military vehicles and a bulldozer entered 200 meters inside Gaza territory east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, amid gunfire.

An Israeli military spokesman said there were no reports of gunfire in the area.

On Wednesday evening, the armed wing of the Popular Front for the liberation of Palestine, the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, said fighters fired on an Israeli military patrol in the northern Gaza Strip.

The patrol was inside Gaza territory when the shots were fired, operating east of the Beit Hanoun area, a statement said.

"The Brigades will hold fast to the option of resistance and continue to confront the occupation and respond to its crimes," the statement added

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