Israel shoots Palestinian fisherman

A Palestinian fisherman stands in his boat in the port of Gaza on the Mediterranean coast in Gaza City on 24 November 2012. (Photo: AFP - Mahmud Hams)

Published Monday, December 17, 2012

Israel’s navy shot and wounded a Palestinian fisherman in waters off Gaza, and army soldiers shot another Palestinian in the chest inside the Strip on Monday, sources on both sides said.

Israeli forces also arrested nine overnight Sunday in violent West Bank raids.

Nizar Aayesh, head of the Gaza fishermen's union, said the fisherman was wounded when navy gunfire hit his boat before being taken to a hospital in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon.

"There was a shooting towards a Palestinian fishing boat in the sea off northern Gaza. One fisherman was injured and the occupation's navy took him to Barzilai hospital," he told AFP.

Israel, which maintains a paralyzing air, land and sea blockade of Gaza, only allows Palestinian boats to travel six nautical miles from the coast.

The fishing zone was extended from three nautical miles after a November 21 truce ended Israel’s eight-day assault on Gaza that killed over 143 Palestinians.

"It was within the six nautical mile limit, but the Israeli vessels took the boat and whoever was on it and we are waiting for the fisherman to come back to know more details," Aayesh said.

Israeli attacks on Palestinian fishermen are not uncommon. Army snipers killed a 22-year-old fisherman in September off the coast of Gaza and injured his brother. One week later navy soldiers fired at a fishing boat they said had breached the three-mile limit before detaining the fishermen on board.

In Gaza, locals told Ma’an news agency that Israeli soldiers shot a Palestinian in his 20s in his chest near the southern town of al-Qarara.

Israeli soldiers have fired several times across the border since the ceasefire agreement.

The latest incident was Friday, when soldiers shot and injured a 19-year-old man east of Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip, medical officials said.

Israel has imposed a no-go zone on the borders, but agreed to stop targeting Palestinians in the area as part of the ceasefire, Gaza's government has said.

West Bank raids

Meanwhile in the West Bank, Israeli soldiers detained nine people overnight Sunday.

Four men were arrested in the Ramallah village of Beit Rima, locals said, with clashes breaking out that lasted several hours following the arrests of Ibrahim, Firas and Mohammed Rimawi.

Another unidentified man was injured while being detained and taken to the hospital for treatment, witnesses said.

Israeli soldiers also raided several areas in Nablus, arresting five people, locals said.

The headmaster of a secondary school in Balata camp, Farid al-Museimi, 47, was arrested by soldiers in his home. Soldiers also detained a Palestinian security officer Baha Jamil Mohammed, 22.

Saddam Raghib Salah, 20, Diyaa Abdul-Fattah Salah, 21, and Mahdi al-Shafi were also arrested in nearby areas of Nablus.

In another incident just south of Nablus, Jewish residents of the hardline Yitzhar settlement attacked shepherds from the nearby village of Madama, one of whom was hit in the leg by a bullet, a local official said.

"Settlers from Yitzhar attacked shepherds who were tending their flocks south of the village and started shooting with live ammunition," Madama local council head Ehab al-Qat told AFP.

He said a 27-year-old shepherd was shot in the leg and his brother "was beaten by settlers." Palestinian medics confirmed they had treated one person for a gunshot wound. An Israeli official told AFP that the shooter was an Israeli soldier.

(AFP, Ma’an, Al-Akhbar)

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