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Egyptian navy detains 4 Palestinian fishermen in Gaza

May 13, 2019 12:19 P.M. (Updated: May 13, 2019 12:19 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Egyptian naval forces detained four Palestinian fishermen off the coast of Rafah, south of the besieged Gaza Strip bordering Egypt, on Sunday.

Head of the Palestinian Fishermen Union in Gaza, Zakariya Bakr, told Ma'an that Egyptian naval forces detained four fishermen from two fishing boats off the coast of Rafah.

Bakr added the Egyptian forces confiscated the two fishing boats and sailed them to an unknown location.

Bakr identified the four fishermen as Muhammad Ziyad Sayad, 22, Ahmad Omar al-Bardawil, 30, Ibrahim Muhammad al-Bardawil, 22, and Ibrahim Khalil al-Bardawil, 42.

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 open fire towards Palestinian fishing boats on a daily basis.

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