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Israeli forces shoot, injure Palestinian fisherman off Gaza coast

May 30, 2014 8:45 P.M. (Updated: June 1, 2014 3:13 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian fisherman was shot and injured by Israeli military boats in the sea of the coast of the northern Gaza Strip on Friday, medical officials said.

Spokesman for the Gaza ministry of health Ashraf al-Qidra said that a 22-year-old fisherman was moderately injured after Israeli naval forces deployed off of the al-Sudaniya shore in northern Gaza city opened fire at his boat.

The victim was taken to Kamal Adwan hospital following the incident.

An Israeli military spokeswoman did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

Israeli forces frequently shoot at Gazan fisherman if they stray too far from the shore.

The Gaza Strip has been under a severe blockade imposed by Israel since 2007, and Palestinian fishermen are only allowed to go three nautical miles from Gaza's shore, even though Israeli-Palestinian agreement previously settled on 20 nautical miles. Israeli naval forces frequently harass Palestinian fishermen who near the three-mile limit, as well as those inside the zone.

There are 4,000 fishermen in Gaza. According to a 2011 report by the International Committee of the Red Cross 90 percent are poor, an increase of 40 percent from 2008 and a direct result of Israeli limits on the fishing industry.
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