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Israeli naval forces shoot, injure Palestinian fisherman off Gaza coast

May 8, 2017 10:16 P.M. (Updated: May 9, 2017 10:15 A.M.)
(File)
GAZA (Ma’an) -- A Palestinian fisherman was injured after Israeli naval forces shot him with live fire on Monday evening off the coat of Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip.

Local sources told Ma’an that Palestinian fisherman Muhammad Abu Rayala was transferred to Gaza’s Indonesian Hospital to receive medical care after being shot by Israeli naval forces, who opened fire on his boat while he was at sea.

An Israeli army spokesperson said that Israeli forces opened fire on a fishing vessel after it "deviated form the designated zone," adding that according to the army, no injuries were confirmed.

Palestinians who work near the “buffer zone,” which lies on both the land and sea sides of Gaza, often come under fire from Israeli military forces, as the authorities have not made clear the precise area of the designated zone.

The practice has in effect destroyed much of the agricultural and fishing sector of the blockaded coastal enclave.

Gazan fishermen, whose numbers are estimated to be around 4,000, have suffered from the near decade-long siege of the Gaza Strip, which limits their incursions to just six nautical miles into the sea in accordance with the ceasefire agreement signed with Palestinian factions in 2014.

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