Navy Shoots Gaza Fisherman Who Leaves ‘Designated Zone’

Palestinian fishermen pull their nets as they collect fish at the seaport in Gaza city on January 11, 2015. Around 4,000 fishermen work in Gaza, but more than half live below the poverty line.

The Times of Israel reports: Israeli sailors shot a Palestinian fisherman in the leg off the coast of the Gaza Strip Tuesday, after his vessel and a second boat didn’t obey orders to halt, the military said.

The two boats had been sailing in the waters near central Gaza, when they “deviated from a designated fishing zone” and “turned toward the south,” the Israel Defense Forces said.

“IDF troops called for the vessels to halt, firing warning shots into the air. Upon the suspects’ continued advance, forces fired toward one of the vessels,” the army said.

One of the fisherman on board the ship was struck in the leg by a bullet, a military spokesperson said.

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