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January 14, 2018 12:04 pm

Egyptian Navy Fire Kills Palestinian at Sea: Gaza Authorities Say

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Palestinian fishermen pull a boat at the beach near the border with Egypt, in the southern Gaza Strip, Jan. 13, 2018. Photo: Reuters / Ibraheem Abu Mustafa.

The Egyptian navy opened fire on a Palestinian fisherman at sea and killed him, the Gaza Health Ministry said on Saturday.

Egyptian officials had no immediate comment on the incident which reportedly happened late on Friday after dark near the southern border-town Rafah, according to Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra.

It could not be confirmed whether the fisherman was attempting to cross into Egyptian waters. Egyptian naval forces have previously opened fire on Gazans they accused of crossing the maritime border.

Fishermen from Gaza have often brought in catch from Egyptian territory to sidestep restrictions imposed by Israel’s naval blockade of the enclave, which Israel maintains due to security concerns.

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Gaza fishermen claim that the limited fishing zone imposed by Israel is not big enough to meet demand of the coastal strip’s population.

Gaza is run by Islamist group Hamas, which has fought three wars with Israel and is designated a terrorist organization by Western countries and Israel.

Israel withdrew troops and settlers from the territory in 2005 but remains the conduit for the passage of goods and supplies most of its electricity. Israel and Egypt, citing security concerns, maintain tight restrictions on the passage of Palestinians through their borders with the enclave.

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  • cbusa

    Yes, I read about this on all the major news media when the UN Security Council convened an urgent session to condemn Egypt’s unprecedented and unwarranted act of aggression. Oh wait, Israel didn’t do this so NOBODY CARES!!