The Israeli navy opened fire on fishermen from the besieged Gaza Strip on Monday, causing one boat to burst into flames, the army said. Witnesses did not report any casualties.
The boat was targeted off Beit Lahia in northern Gaza by the Israeli navy which enforces a blockade on the Palestinian territory and prevents fishermen from venturing more than five kilometres (3.5 miles) from shore.
A military spokeswoman confirmed the navy opened fire at fishing boats after their crews ignored warning shots and orders to turn back. She said the Israeli navy helped put out the fire on the fishing boat.
About 3,500 fishermen struggle to ply their trade off Gaza’s 40-kilometre (25-mile) Mediterranean coastline in spite of the Israeli blockade.
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GAZA CITY — A Gaza fisherman was killed on Thursday by a shell fired by Israel’s navy, Palestinian medics said.
Mohammed Attar, 25, was hit by shrapnel, according to Muawiha Hassanein, who heads the territory’s emergency medical services. He had apparently been in his boat just off northern Gaza’s shore when he was hit.
There was no immediate comment from the Israeli military.
Navy vessels enforcing Israel’s blockade of the Palestinian territory regularly fire at Palestinian fishermen to prevent them from venturing more than a few kilometers (miles) from shore.
Medics say Israeli forces killed Gaza fisherman
Gaza – Ma’an – A Palestinian man was killed and another injured on Thursday when Israel’s navy shelled a fishing boat just off the coast of the northern Gaza Strip, medical officials told Ma’an.
However an Israeli military spokesman denied the navy had anything to do with the incident. He said naval forces did not fire on the boat, nor otherwise cause the death of a man onboard.
But earlier Thursday Dr Mu’awiyah Hassanein, the director of emergency and ambulance services at Gaza’s Health Ministry, said Israeli shells killed 25-year-old Muhammad Nady Al-Attar when his head was severed from his body.
One other fisherman was injured in the incident, which reportedly occurred while the two were fishing.
Al-Attar was buried later on Thursday after a funeral procession in his home town of Beit Lahiya.
OCHA: “Gaza on the verge of humanitarian crisis”
A report published by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) revealed
that the Gaza Strip is on the verge of a devastating humanitarian crisis due to the ongoing Israeli siege on the coastal region si.nce more than three years
The UN stated that some 120.000 employees have lost their jobs, while %75 of the residents does not even have sufficient access food, proper education and health services.
The report added that the ongoing Israeli siege has created further crises in Gaza, and increasing the suffering of the residents as they do not have access to basic services.
It also said that as Israel hold foods supplies on the borders for extended periods under security claims, most of the food eventually expires and becomes unfit for human consumption.
Israel is holding some 17000 containers filled with foodstuffs and supplies. The goods stored in the containers are worth $10.000.000.