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Israeli naval forces open fire on Gaza fishermen

Sept. 30, 2017 3:33 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 1, 2017 6:20 P.M.)
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli naval forces opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats off the coast of Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip on Saturday morning.

Locals told Ma’an that Israeli forces targeted the fishermen for no reason. No injuries were reported.

An Israeli army spokesperson said they were looking into reports.

As part of Israel's blockade of the coastal enclave since 2007, the Israeli army, citing security concerns, requires Palestinian fishermen to work within a limited "designated fishing zone," the exact limits of which are decided by the Israeli authorities and have historically fluctuated.

The al-Mezan Center for Human Rights reported in May that since the beginning of the year, Israel had seized five fishing boats, detained 14 Palestinian fishermen, shot and injured four, while two fisherman have been killed.

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