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Gaza fisherman seriously injured off coast

May 1, 2013 10:23 A.M. (Updated: May 4, 2013 10:20 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A Gaza fisherman was seriously wounded on Wednesday after an accident off Gaza's coast.

Adel Baker, 51, suffered serious head injuries after falling from a fishing boat near Rafah, Ma'an's reporter said. He reportedly hit his head on the boat's anchor after Israel's navy fired warning shots at several fishing boats, causing him to panic and fall.

He was transferred to the European hospital for treatment and is said to be in a serious condition.

Gaza's health ministry had earlier reported that Baker was shot by Israel's navy.

An Israeli army spokeswoman confirmed that Israeli forces fired warning shots at several boats after they deviated from the "designated fishing zone."

The zone had been extended to six miles as part of an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire that ended an eight-day conflict between Israel and Hamas in November.

Israeli rights groups slammed the move as "collective punishment" of Gaza's population.

"B'Tselem calls on the military to rescind its latest decision and the restrictions imposed on fishermen in the Gaza Strip in the past years, and to permit fishing in the 20 (nautical) miles range, as was set under the Oslo agreements."
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