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Egyptian navy shoots, injures Gaza fisherman

Jan. 23, 2015 11:40 A.M. (Updated: Jan. 25, 2015 5:33 P.M.)
CAIRO (Ma'an) -- Egyptian naval forces on Friday shot and injured a Palestinian fisherman that allegedly entered Egyptian waters south of Gaza, officials in Egypt said.

Egypt's navy spotted a Palestinian boat with two fishermen crossing into its territorial waters off the coast near Sheikh Zuweid in northern Sinai.

Naval forces demanded that it stop, but the fishermen continued to flee the area and Egyptian forces opened fire.

Ihab Zuheir Hassan al-Amuri, 35, was shot in the stomach while the other unidentified fisherman was arrested and taken for interrogation.

In December, Israeli media claimed that a fisherman it detained from Gaza was smuggling weapons to Hamas from Sinai using his fishing boat.

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.

The Israeli blockade in place since 2006 has severely limited the imports and exports of the Gaza Strip -- include materials necessary for building fishing boats -- and has led to frequent humanitarian crises and hardship for Gazans.

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