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Israel detains 4 fishermen off Gaza coast

Oct. 7, 2012 12:45 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 8, 2012 1:19 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces detained four men fishing off the northern Gaza shore on Sunday morning.

Head of Gaza's fishing association Mahfouth al-Kabriti said gunboats seized Majed Fadel Baker, and his three sons Omran 26, Fadi 23, and Muhammad, 19, while they were on a fishing trip.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said the boat breached the designated fishing zone and did not respond to warning shots by the Israeli navy.

The boat was taken to Israeli port Ashdod and the men are being held for security questioning, she said.

Under Israel's maritime blockade, Palestinians are forbidden from fishing more than three nautical miles from the coast.

A week ago, 22-year-old fisherman Fahmi Salah Abu Rayash died after he was shot by Israeli snipers stationed near the shore, Hamas officials said.

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