The Israeli Navy shot and injured two Palestinian fishermen, on Saturday, off the northern coast of the besieged Gaza Strip, the Palestinian Information Center reported.

Local fishermen committee said an Israeli navy ship opened fire with rubber-coated steel rounds at the fishing boat, injuring Mohamed al-Sultan, 26, and his 12 year old brother.

The two were sailing off the coast of Beit Lahia in the northern occupied Gaza Strip.

The Jerusalem Press described the wounds as mild, no further details were available.

The Israeli occupation state imposed a land, air, and sea blockade upon the coastal enclave in 2007, causing high rates of unemployment and poverty, resulting in the current humanitarian crisis.

Israeli navy ships regularly harass and open fire at Palestinian fishermen, sailing within the stipulated boundaries.