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Israeli forces shoot, injure Gaza fisherman

Jan. 21, 2015 2:13 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 22, 2015 2:26 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces shot and injured a Palestinian fisherman in Gaza on Wednesday, the head of a local union said.

Nizar Ayyash told Ma'an that Atef Muhammad Baker, 19, was shot in the foot after Israeli naval boats opened fire at fishing boats off Gaza's northern coast.

The fishermen were within the Israeli-imposed fishing zone at the time of the incident, Ayyash added.

Baker was taken to hospital for treatment.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said several vessels deviated from the designated fishing zone and Israeli forces opened fire after they failed to respond to warning shots.

The Aug. 26 ceasefire agreement between Israel and Palestinian militant groups stipulated that Israel would immediately expand the fishing zone off Gaza's coast, allowing fishermen to sail as far as six nautical miles from shore, and would continue to expand the area gradually.

Since then, there have been widespread reports that Israeli forces have at times opened fire at fishermen within those new limits, and the zone has not been expanded.
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