Israel Navy Fires on Gaza Fishing Boats Twice in 24 Hours

According to the IDF, both boats were returning from Egypt with smuggled goods destined for Gaza; Palestinians: Two wounded.

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Fishing boats float in the Mediterranean Sea in the port of Gaza City, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014.
Fishing boats float in the Mediterranean Sea in the port of Gaza City, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014.Credit: AP
Gili Cohen
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In the second incident in less than a day, the navy opened fire on a Palestinian fishing boat off the coast of the Gaza Strip on Monday morning, reportedly destroying it.

The boat was on its way back to Gaza from Egypt, where it had picked up supplies. The Israel Defense Forces stated that a smuggling attempt had been foiled.

The navy reported a direct hit on the boat, which was fired on as it neared the Gaza shore. Several fishermen were seen jumping into the water. According to reports from Gaza, two fishermen were injured in the incident.

It was the second Gaza fishing boat to be fired on at sea, following a similar incident on Sunday night.

The IDF reported that the boat in the Sunday incident had been under surveillance from the moment it left Gaza until it returned "laden" with goods from Egypt. The navy fired on it after attempts to detain it were unsuccessful.

Officials in Gaza say that approximately a dozen fishermen have been detained, two fishing boats damaged and four fishermen injured since the war between Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip ended in a cease-fire last August.
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The cease-fire agreement, brokered by Egypt, called on Israel to expand the fishing zone that it imposes on Gaza.

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