The three men were under fire from a helicopter and an Israeli naval vessel, which indicates they were near the sea, where Dugit is situated. The former Israeli inhabitants of Dugit used to be fishermen as well. Why would Palestinian fishermen try their luck near a dangerous zone? The wide swath of more than 300 metres extending from the fence into Gaza, which is used by the Israeli army as a free fire zone, frequently injuring and killing farmer and other agricultural labourers, extends into the sea as well. Since 2006 Israel has imposed severe fishing limits of 18 nautical miles on Gaza's fishermen. The area where fishing is allowed has such small yields now that some fishermen are prepared to try their luck in a more dangerous area, where fish are more plentiful, i.e. in the sea off Dugit. Based on the facts that we have the above is a more logical explanation. If these were militants trying to plant explosives, where were the explosives and the arms? The DFLP claim is not credible at all. None of usual organizations engaged in armed struggle have made any claim. The relatives all claim that the three made their livelihood out at sea. Of course the Israeli army would make a claim that the people killed were trying to lay explosives. The other explanation, namely that it callously killed/murdered three fishermen desperate to get a good catch in a potentially dangerous area, would not reflect positively on Israel, wouldn't it!
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from the article: Palestinian medics: IDF troops killed three on Gaza border