A Palestinian security source reported, on Monday at dawn, that one Palestinian fisherman was injured, near Khan Younis shore, after the Israeli Navy fired with it automatic fire at the boat.
The source stated that Mahmoud Azeez Baker, 18, was moderately injured and was admitted to Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis.
Eyewitnesses reported that Israeli Navy ships fired at several fishing boats while the fishermen were fishing. The army claimed that its boats fired at a boat which was attempting to smuggle arms into Gaza.
Last Saturday, December 10, the Israeli Navy fired at a Palestinian fishing boat near the Gaza Shore, killing one resident.
A medical source at Abu Yousef Al Najjar Hospital, in Rafah, identified the killed resident as Natheer Farhat, 37, from Al Mawassi area in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.
Farhat died of his wounds at the hospital.
An Israeli military source claimed that soldiers identified two Palestinians swimming towards the shore in possession of equipment suspected as weapons’; army claims that soldiers fired at them after they ignored ordered to stop.
The source added that the two “carried equipment attached to their body”; the equipment was suspected to be weapons.
Also, on Saturday December 3, Israeli Navy gunboats fired at a Palestinian fishing boat near the Rafah shores killing one fisherman and sinking the ship.
A medical source in Rafah reported that Ziad Ismail Al Bardaweel, 22, died of his wounds before he was transferred to the Abu Yousef Al Najjar hospital in the city.
Eyewitnesses reported that an Israeli navy gunship fired at the Palestinian fishing boat which managed to sail back to the shore in Al Mawassi area, west of Rafah in an attempt to rescue Al Bardaweel.
The Israeli Naval forces claimed that the Palestinian boat entered a prohibited zone near the Egyptian regional borders.