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Israeli navy fires at, detains Gaza fishermen

May 21, 2014 4:09 P.M. (Updated: May 22, 2014 8:59 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli naval forces early Wednesday fired at fishermen off the coast of the southern Gaza Strip before detaining two of them, a union official said.

Nizar Ayyash, head of the Gaza fishermen's union, said Ramiz Jumaa and Imad Mansour were detained by the Israeli navy off the coast of Rafah.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said a Palestinian "vessel deviated from its designated fishing zone."

Navy soldiers called on the fishermen to return to the zone, and "fired warning shots in the air."

"When that didn't help, two suspects were taken in for questioning," the spokeswoman said.

Israel has controlled Gaza waters since its occupation of the area in 1967, and has kept several warships stationed off the coast since 2008.
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