World Bulletin/News Desk
A Palestinian man was on Saturday wounded by Israeli gunfire northern the Gaza Strip, near the border of the blockaded enclave with Israel.
Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qodra said the man was wounded when Israeli troops opened their gunfire on farmlands near the border line.
"He was in critical condition and taken to hospital," al-Qodra told The Anadolu Agency of the man.
The Israeli army has yet to comment on the incident.
Meanwhile, Israel's navy on Saturday opened its fire on Palestinian fishing boats off the coast of the Gaza Strip, a man speaking for the blockaded enclave's fishermen said.
"There have been, however, no casualties from the shooting," Nizar Ayyash, the head of Gaza's fishermen's union, told The Anadolu Agency.
He said in shooting at the boats, the Israeli navy claimed that they had gone beyond six nautical miles specified for fishing activities by the Palestinians off the coast of the Gaza Strip.
In late August, Israel allowed Palestinian fishermen to ply their trade up to six nautical miles off the coast of the Gaza Strip – as opposed to three miles previously.
On almost a daily basis, Israeli troops spray farmlands in the southern Gaza Strip with heavy machinegun fire. The Israeli troops also target Gazans' fishing boats under the pretext that they go beyond fishing space specified for them, in what Palestinians view as a "clear violation" of the cease-fire agreement the Palestinians signed with Israel on August 26.
A cease-fire reached between Israel and Palestinian factions on August 26 ended 51 days of relentless Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip – attacks that killed over 2,160 Palestinians – and also increased fishing space for Gaza's fishermen off the coast of Gaza.
Some 50,000 people earn their living in Gaza by fishing, Ayyash said.
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