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Israeli Gunboats Open Fire at Palestinian Fishing Boats and Injures One North of Al Waha Area

08-05-2015 08:46

At approximately 7:30 pm on Friday, 8 May 2015, Israeli gunboats opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats that were in the Gaza sea northwest of Al Waha Resort near the maritime borders west of Bait Lahiya in the North Gaza district. As a result, fisherman Sharef Mohammed Al Sultan, 42, sustained a rubber bullet wound in the left leg.

Medical sources described his injury as minor. In his affidavit to Al Mezan, Sharef Al Sultan stated that two Israeli gunboats moved towards his boat while he was about one nautical mile away from Al Waha Resort. Al Sultan started to withdraw his nets to move away from the area. The two Israeli boats moved to within a few meters from Al Sultan. One of the boats shined a spotlight at his boat. One of the soldiers ordered Al Sultan in Arabic to leave the nets. He did not. The soldier then opened fire hitting the area of the nets near his boat. While Al Sultan was trying to row away, the occupying forces opened fire at the oar, which subsequently fell in the sea. The Israeli forces ordered him to sail to the west towards the illuminated buoys. His son Orans, 19, was screaming. Al Sultan sailed to the east. Then he heard the sound of gunfire and felt sever pain in his left leg. He sailed to the beach. His son took him to the hospital. The next day he found that two nets had been damaged.

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