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Egyptian navy shoots, injures Gaza fisherman

May 26, 2015 9:49 A.M. (Updated: May 27, 2015 2:50 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Egyptian naval forces late Monday opened fire on a Palestinian fishing boat off the coast of the southern Gaza Strip, injuring a fisherman from Rafah.

Palestinian sources identified the fisherman as Muhammad al-Bardawil.

The shooting came after two other Gazan fishermen were shot and injured by Israeli forces earlier in the day for allegedly leaving the designated fishing zone.

Last week, a Gazan fishing boat was damaged when Egyptian gunboats fired on it, although no injuries were reported.

Egypt upholds an Israeli military blockade on Gaza, keeping borders largely closed and limiting imports, exports, and the freedom of movement of its residents.

On the land border, the Egyptian government has actively destroyed smuggling tunnels since the military coup in the summer of 2013, and is creating a kilometer-wide buffer zone.

Israeli forces, meanwhile, have repeatedly opened fire on Palestinians on land and at sea. March alone witnessed a total of 35 incidents of shootings, incursions into the coastal enclave, and arrests, according to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights.
Mark of Lewiston / USA
Israel is trying to provoke another war round. Sissi is in on it, too. Gaza should deploy connected lines of buoys at exactly the supposedly agreed fishing limits. When Israel moves them, the PA should complain loudly and publicly at the UN. The PA should also have videos of the buoys.
26/05/2015 10:49
Sisi is an agent of Israel.
26/05/2015 14:30
@ Joe and Mark / Understanding
-1- It's easy to understand, that Israel and Egypt have similar Peace and Security interests, in a region where Islamic fundamentalist nut-cases continue terrorism and murder for political gains, and thus
-2- It's easy to understand, that they would act similarly to maintain their interests !!
26/05/2015 18:15
Outlier / USA
Perhaps Israel and Egypt should close the borders, end all boat traffic, turn off the electricity and wait for ordinary Gazans to revolt against Hamas.
27/05/2015 00:49
Mel / UK
# 1 Mark: Buoys. Agreed. But international maritime legislators should put them in place to record Israeli incursions against international laws.
27/05/2015 10:34
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