The Israeli Navy kidnapped on Sunday at dawn six Palestinian fishermen in Palestinian territorial waters in the Rafah area, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. The Navy also opened fire at the fishermen and boarded two boats.Local sources reported that the Navy opened fire at the Palestinian fishing boats before the army boarded them and kidnapped six fishermen.
The Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture in Gaza reported that the six were taken to unknown destinations and that they were on three small boats when they were attacked by the Israeli Navy.
The Ministry identified the four as Salim Al No’man, Awwad Al Saeedy, Awad Al Saeedy, Mohammad Al Qarm, Raed Al Asshy and Talal Abu Kharboush.
The Ministry held Israel responsible for the lives of the fishermen and called on the Red Cross and different human rights groups to intervene and ensure the release of the detained fishermen and boats.
In related news, Israeli Navy ships opened fire at several Palestinian fishing boats in Palestinian waters in Rafah, Khan Younis, Al Nuseirat, and Dir Al Balah. Damage was reported, no injuries.