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Israeli forces shoot, injure elderly Gaza fisherman

Sept. 18, 2014 11:11 A.M. (Updated: Sept. 19, 2014 4:18 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli naval forces opened fire off the coast of northern Gaza late Wednesday, injuring a Palestinian fisherman on a beach, locals said.

Yousef Zayif, 70, was hit by live fire while waiting for his sons on the shore near al-Sudaniya.

Medics said he was moderately wounded.

An Israeli army spokeswoman did not return calls seeking comment.

On Sunday, an Israeli warship opened fire at Palestinian fishermen off the coast of Gaza City's al-Shati refugee camp, the speaker of the Union of Gaza Fishermen said.

Nizar Ayyash told Ma'an that Israeli gunboats "have been firing at fishermen every day since the ceasefire agreement was signed."

He also said that Israeli naval forces have detained six Palestinian fishermen since the ceasefire agreement in late August.

The Israeli blockade in place since 2006 has severely limited the imports and exports of the Gaza Strip and has led to frequent humanitarian crises and hardship for Gazans.
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