Israeli Navy gunboats shot and injured, Thursday morning, a Palestinian fisherman while he was sailing his boat off the northern coast of the besieged Gaza Strip, local sources reported.

The Fishermen’s Syndicate said that the Israeli Navy shot Iyad Kaskin with a rubber-coated steel round, and damaged his boat while he was fishing off the northern coast of the Gaza Strip.

The Navy opened fire at Kaskin and others while they were fishing within 3 nautical miles, in the Al-Waha area, northwest of Gaza City.

The injured man was transported to Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, where medical staff said he was in stable condition.

On a regular basis, the occupation Navy shoots at and abducts Palestinian fishermen, in addition to confiscating and/or damaging their boats.

The Gaza Strip, a tiny coastal enclave, isolated from the West Bank, has been under a brutal Israeli blockade of the air, land, and sea, for the past sixteen years.

More than two million people live in Gaza with limited fresh water and electricity, in addition to a high rate of unemployment and poverty.

“The Gaza Strip is the scene of a humanitarian crisis that has nothing to do with natural causes; it is entirely man-made, a direct result of official Israeli policy.” – B’Tselem