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Egyptian forces open fire on Palestinian fisherman near Rafah, injuring 1

Dec. 22, 2016 1:58 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 22, 2016 4:03 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian fisherman was shot and injured by Egyptian forces deployed at the border area between Egypt and the southern besieged Gaza Strip near Rafah city on Wednesday night, according to the fishermen's union in Gaza.

The union told Ma'an that 26-year-old Ahmad Abu Muhsen was injured as Egyptian forces "randomly" opened fire at a group of fishermen

Medical sources in the Gaza Strip said that Abu Muhsen suffered medium injuries and was being treated at the Abu Youssef al-Najjar Hospital in Rafah.

While reports of Egyptian forces opening fire at Gazans are uncommon, Israeli military incursions inside the besieged Gaza Strip and near the “buffer zone" which lies on both land and sea sides of Gaza, have long been a near-daily occurrence.

Palestinians who work near the “buffer zone” often come under fire from military forces, as the Israeli military has not made clear the precise area of the designated zone.

The Israeli army regularly open fires on Palestinian fishermen and farmers along the border areas, despite a ceasefire agreement that ended the 2014 war.

Meanwhile, Egypt has upheld an Israeli military blockade on the Gaza Strip for the majority of the past three years, since the ousting of former Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi in 2013 and President Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi's rise to power.

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