Israeli navy arrests three Palestinian fishermen in Gaza waters 2008-09-02 17:19:07   Print

Special report: Palestine-Israel Relations    

    GAZA, Sept. 2 (Xinhua) -- Israeli forces arrested three Palestinian fishermen when they were fishing in Gaza waters on Tuesday, security sources said.

    Witnesses in northwestern Gaza Strip said Israeli marine vessels opened fire before and after the seizure of the three fishermen.

    The fishermen were taken by the Israeli soldiers and forced to eat which breaks their fasting on the second day of Muslim holy month of Ramadan, said the witnesses.

    On Monday, two other fishermen were also injured when the Israeli gunboats targeted their fishing boats.

    The shooting and the detention of the fishermen violates a fragile ceasefire started from June between Israel and the Islamic Hamas movement which rules the Gaza Strip.

    According to the deal, Israel has to ease the blockade it imposed on Gaza after Hamas took over the territory last year in exchange for calmness.

    Encouraged by the ceasefire, the Gaza fishermen sometimes go beyond the nautical limits that the Israeli navy maintains.

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