Israeli Navy shoots & injures Palestinian fisherman in Gaza

31 May

International Middle East Media Centre report, 30 May 2017

Israeli navy ships opened fire, on Tuesday at dawn, on several fishing boats in Palestinian territorial waters, close to the shore in the Sudaniyya area, northwest of Gaza city, and injured a fisherman.

Medical sources said the wounded fisherman, 24 years of age, was shot in the leg, and suffered a moderate injury, before the medics moved him to the Shifa Medical Centre, in Gaza city.

Following the attack, the fishermen had to sail back, without being able to fish, in fear of further Israeli escalation.

The attack is part of ongoing Israeli violations, targeting the fishermen and their boats, including deliberately destroying their boats and nets, in addition to frequently abducting them and confiscating their boats.

On Monday, May 15, 2017, a Palestinian fisherman, identified as Mohammad Majed Bakr, 25, was killed after Israeli Navy ships opened fire on fishing boats less than four nautical miles from the Gaza shore.

The Peninsular (Qatar daily newspaper) report 30 May 2017 added:

Israeli navy regularly targets Palestinian fishermen and their fishing boats off the Gaza coast.

Even though signed agreements allow Gaza fishermen to go 12 nautical miles into sea, Israel has unilaterally decreased this space to three nautical miles and only recently said it will allow them to go six miles into sea but only in the south of the Gaza Strip.


Kia Ora Gaza supports the Solidarity with Gaza Fishers campaign of the Freedom Flotilla Coalition which aims to link the struggle of Palestinian fishers in Gaza, under blockade and under constant attacks by Israel, with their counterparts in countries all over the world, and to build international civil society support for the end of Israel’s illegal blockade of Gaza.

Kia Ora Gaza is part of this international coalition – facilitating New Zealand involvement in the last two Freedom Flotillas to Gaza. Check out the new FFC website for the Solidarity with Gaza Fishers campaign:


Here is the logo for the international Solidarity with Gaza Fishers campaign (created by graphic designers in Gaza).

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