Ma’an reports that spokesman for the Gaza ministry of health, Ashraf al-Qidra, said that a 22-year-old Palestinian fisherman was injured after Israeli naval forces deployed off of the al-Sudaniya shore in northern Gaza city opened fire at his boat.
Ashraf was taken to Kamal Adwan hospital, following the incident, where his injury was reported as “moderate”. The Israeli military did not immediately return calls in inquiry to the incident.
Reports of Israeli forces shooting at Gaza fisherman who stray “too far” from the shore are becoming increasingly frequent.
Israeli navy forces abducted, just this Wednesday, three fishermen working off the Rafah coast, in the southern Gaza Strip. Additionally, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation has recently released a report stating that life in the Gaza Strip has become unbearable due to the imposed siege and the closure of crossings
Gaza has been severe blockaded imposed by Israel and enforced by Egypt since 2007. Palestinian fishermen are only allowed to go three nautical miles from Gaza’s shore, even though the previous agreement settled on 20 nautical miles.
Ma’an reports that there are 4,000 fishermen in Gaza and, according to a 2011 report by the International Committee of the Red Cross 90 percent are ipoverished — an increase of 40 percent from 2008.
The economic crisis is a direct result of Israeli disenfranchisement of the fishing industry.