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Egyptian army shoots, kills Palestinian fisherman off Gaza coast

Nov. 5, 2015 6:08 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 13, 2015 9:43 P.M.)
Palestinian fishermen stand on a boat in the harbor of Gaza City. (AFP/Roberto Schmidt, File)

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Egyptian military forces shot and killed a Palestinian fisherman off the coast of the southern Gaza Strip on Thursday afternoon, the Ministry of Health in the besieged enclave said.

Ashraf al-Qidra, spokesperson of the ministry, said Firas Mohammad Miqdad, 18, from Rafah was shot in the abdomen by Egyptian forces while at sea and died from his injuries.

It is unclear why Egyptian forces opened fire.

In May, Egyptian naval forces opened fire at a Palestinian fishing boat off the coast of the southern Gaza Strip, injuring a fisherman from Rafah.

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

The threat from Egyptian forces comes as Palestinian fishermen already face daily risks in order to make a living, including routine harassment from Israeli naval forces, confiscation of boats and materials, detention, and potentially death.

Israeli forces reportedly fired towards Palestinian fishing boats on a daily basis last week, according to documentation by the UN agency for Palestinian refugees.

Postarias / Peru
An Israeli Arab woman was arrested on suspicion of spying for terrorists in Gaza. She was stopped by the police after they received intelligence information from the internal security service that she had been photographing strategic facilities in Haifa and receiving bomb making training from the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade. The woman, who is married to a Gazan and has seven children, had been living both in Haifa and Gaza.
05/11/2015 20:15
Julie / USA
it's no coincidence that Sisi is ISIS spelled backwards.
06/11/2015 16:13
carlos / usa
Great insight Julie/USA! Postarias stay on topic- A Palestinian fisherman was murdered by Egypt. israel murders fishermen too.
09/11/2015 20:23
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