GAZA, May 12 (Xinhua) -- The deposed Hamas government Wednesday held Egypt responsible for the killing of a Palestinian fisherman after his boat collided with an Egyptian naval vessel on the sea border between Gaza Strip and Egypt.
"This is not the first accident, we call upon the Egyptian government to immediately launch an investigation into the death," said the Hamas-run ministry of interior in a press statement.
A hospital official in Gaza said that fisherman Mohammed al- Bardawil, 45, sustained severe injuries in the head and was transferred to Abu Youssif al-Najjar hospital in the Palestinian city of Rafah, where he later died of his wounds.
The ministry demanded Egypt "to lift the blockade imposed on Gaza instead of killing impoverished Palestinian workers," referring to the recent death of four Palestinian smugglers in a tunnel who, as Hamas claimed, died due to inhaling lethal gas pumped by the Egyptian forces.
Palestinian fishermen started a few months ago to catch fish in the Egyptian territorial waters due to Israel imposed restrictions on the strip since Hamas seized the Gaza Strip in 2007.
To prevent the smuggling of weapons into Gaza Strip, Egyptian security vessels monitor the Egyptian-Palestinian sea borders around the clock and sometimes chase fishermen and force them back to Gaza.