Israeli Navy Ship Sinks Boat Off Gaza Coast

Security sources say boat approached navy ship and refused to stop, while military says preliminary investigation shows boat had no weapons or explosives on board

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An Israeli patrol boat.
An Israeli patrol boat.Credit: Hagai Frid

The Israeli navy sank a fishing boat off the coast of the Gaza Strip on Monday, with the military saying soldiers suspected it posed a potential threat.

Reports in Gaza said it was a fishing boat that had been fired at, while the military said a preliminary investigation showed there were no weapons or explosives on board that could have endangered the soldiers. No casualties were reported thus far.

The military did not mention in its statement on the incident, which occurred off the coast of Khan Yunis in the Gaza Strip, whether anyone was wounded or killed. The statement said that a navy force had “identified naval activity that constituted a potential threat to navy vessels.” 

According to security sources, a boat from Gaza approached a navy ship sailing in the area, and the soldiers, suspecting it posed a threat, communicated that it should stop – and when this failed, they fired.

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